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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Discharged From Hospital After Weekend Stay For Infection

Ginsburg, 86, has experienced a series of health difficulties in recent years, prompting anxiety on the left over the late Supreme Court justice’s health and capacity to do her job.


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Sunday after being treated for an infection on Saturday. Ginsburg was sent to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland after initially being admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. on Friday suffering from chills and a fever.

“With intravenous antibiotics and fluids, her symptoms have abated,” said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg Saturday.

Now, “she is home and doing well,” Arberg said on Sunday.

Ginsburg, 86, has experienced a series of ailments in recent years, causing her to miss oral arguments and increasing anxiety on the left over the late Supreme Court justice’s health and ability to do her job.

Earlier this month, Ginsburg missed court arguments on Nov. 13 over a stomach bug, according to the court. She later returned to work on the 18th, the day of the court’s next public proceeding.

Ginsburg, a four-time cancer survivor, has also undergone cancer treatment twice in the last year with three weeks of radiation treatment for a pancreatic tumor in August and another surgery in December for lung cancer. Both surgeries, officials said, were successful in removing the disease before it spread.

“Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease,” and “no further treatment is required,” declared Arberg in December following Ginsburg’s second round of cancer surgery within months.

At 86, Ginsburg is the oldest justice currently serving on the Supreme Court, and the second-longest serving judge on the bench. She has served since her appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Justice Clarence Thomas is the longest-serving justice on today’s court, having been appointed and confirmed in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush.