Ginsburg Hospitalized With Possible Infection

Supreme Court says 87-year-old justice is 'resting comfortably'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2020 5:54 PM CDT
RBG Hospitalized With Possible Infection
In this Feb. 10, 2020 photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during a discussion on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Newser) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for a possible infection and is expected to stay in the hospital for a few days following a medical procedure, the Supreme Court said in a statement Tuesday. The court said that the 87-year-old Ginsburg went to a hospital in Washington on Monday evening after experiencing fever and chills, the AP reports. She then underwent a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August when she was treated for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.

The statement said the justice "is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment." Ginsburg spent a night in the hospital in May with an infection caused by a gallstone. While in the hospital, she participated in arguments the court heard by telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ginsburg has been treated four times for cancer. In addition to the tumor on her pancreas last year, she was previously treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. She had lung surgery to remove cancerous growths in December 2018.

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