Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized this week, but all indictations are that she is doing ok.
The Supreme Court announced Wednesday that Ginsburg was “resting comfortably” after undergoing a routine procedure.
The 87-year-old justice had a “minimally invasive non-surgical procedure” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to revise a bile duct stent, which was placed in August 2019, when she was treated for pancreatic cancer.
“According to her doctors, stent revisions are common occurrences and the procedure, performed using endoscopy and medical imaging guidance, was done to minimize the risk of future infection. The Justice is resting comfortably and expects to be released from the hospital by the end of the week,” the court said.
Ginsburg’s hospital visits have become a semi-regular topic of media attention, thanks to her age, her politics, and fears on the left that President Donald Trump could replace her with a conservative.
The judge has had a number of health scares in recent years, and she revealed in July that she is being treated successfully with chemotherapy after lesions were discovered on her liver, as NBC News reported.
“My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine,” Ginsburg said.
Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the Supreme Court as well as its its arch liberal, not to mention a progressive cult figure of sorts.
Her recent cancer scare comes after previous bouts with colon cancer in 1999, pancreatic cancer in 2009 , lung cancer in 2018, and pancreatic cancer again last year. She was hospitalized in July with a fever and had gallstones removed in May, according to The Hill.
With a few months left before the election, it’s hard to imagine a more politically cataclysmic scenario than Ginsburg having to vacate her seat on the bench — but she seems to be going strong.
The justice is still working at full steam, she said recently, explaining:
Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work. I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.
Politics aside, it is hard not to be impressed by Ginsburg’s fortitude.