Justice Ginsburg hospitalized for treatment of gallbladder condition

The Supreme Court revealed on Tuesday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was rushed to the hospital on Monday for treatment of an acute gallbladder infection.

A court spokesperson announced that Ginsburg is now “resting comfortably” following treatment for the “benign” condition.

Shock health update

The 87-year-old justice has been plagued by health issues over the years, though she remains resilient through the various incidents.

The court released a statement on Tuesday evening confirming the event, saying that she “underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, this afternoon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.”

“Following oral arguments on Monday, the Justice underwent outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., that confirmed she was suffering from a gallstone that had migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection,” the statement explained.

She was then taken to Johns Hopkins for treatment after the diagnosis. Ginsburg is expected to stay in the hospital for “a day or two,” per the official statement, but hospitalization will not stop her from participating in Wednesday’s court proceedings via teleconference.

Ginsburg was most recently hospitalized in late November after suffering flu-like symptoms, though an official diagnosis was not disclosed. Prior to that incident, Ginsburg underwent treatment after a malignant tumor was found on her pancreas in August.

The new normal

The Supreme Court has had an eventful week already, launching its first-ever virtual oral argument on Monday in an attempt to adapt to the new normal imposed on the nation by the coronavirus crisis.

The court broke a 231-year streak of in-person hearings with the historic decision.

Monday’s proceedings also marked the first time that arguments could be viewed by the public in real time via Livestream.

To add to the week’s eventful happenings, Justice Clarence Thomas broke his silence for only the third time in a decade to ask a question of attorneys regarding a trademark case involving hotel reservation company Booking.com.

The court is expected to hear 10 cases during the next two weeks of scheduled arguments. Six of the court’s nine justices are above the age of 65, placing them at a higher risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19.

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