Ruth Bader Ginsburg is ‘resting comfortably’ after simple procedure

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now “resting comfortably” and is expected to be released from the hospital at the end of the week after a minor procedure, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday. 

The statement said Ginsburg underwent a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure to correct a bile duct stent that was placed back in August of 2019. 

According to the statement from the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s doctors said stent revisions are normal and the procedure the Justice underwent is meant to reduce future infection.

Earlier this month, Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for a potential infection. In that instance, her bile-duct stent was cleaned and she was placed on antibiotics. 

Earlier this month, Justice Ginsburg announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer.

“On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy (gemcitabine) to treat a recurrence of cancer,” Ginsburg said in a statement on July 17. “A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver. My recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this recurrence.”

Ginsburg, who has survived cancer multiple times before, said on July 17 that she’d still be able to serve on the bench. 

“I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” Ginsburg’s statement said. “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine. 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,” she added.

Ginsburg was treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. In December 2018, she had surgery to remove cancerous growths in her lungs, and in 2019 was treated for a tumor in her pancreas. 

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