Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized after Fever and Chills

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses Courtroom Arguments Due to Illness


WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 12: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives to deliver remarks at the Georgetown Law Center on September 12, 2019, in Washington, DC. Justice Ginsburg spoke to over 300 attendees about the Supreme Court’s previous term. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a hospital on Friday night.

Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a bout of chills and fever earlier on Friday, a Supreme Court spokesman said on Saturday, according to the New York Times. She was being evaluated and treated for possible infection.

She received intravenous antibiotics and fluids, and could be released as early as Sunday morning, spokeswoman, Kathleen Arberg, said.

Ginsburg returned to the bench on Monday, after missing courtroom arguments on Nov. 13 for what a court spokesperson said was a stomach virus.

On Friday, Ginsburg participated in the regular closed-door conference with other justices, Arberg said. She then stayed at the court until midday before she went to a meeting outside the court where she started feeling ill.

Ginsburg, 86, underwent treatment in August for “a localized malignant tumor” on her pancreas. She had surgery last year to remove a cancerous growth from her left lung, her third bout with cancer.

She is one of three Jewish justices on the court and leads its liberal minority. She is the high court’s oldest justice.


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