Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Hospital for Recovering from Possible Infection

Amanda Casanova

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected to be in the hospital for a few days after undergoing a medical procedure.

According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court said in a statement that Ginsburg, 87, was being treated for a possible infection.

 “The Justice is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment,” the statement said.

Ginsburg went to a hospital in Washington on Monday for fever and chills. She was then taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to undergo a medical procedure to clean out a bile duct stent. The stent had been placed nearly a year ago as part of her treatment for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.

The Supreme Court said Ginsburg “is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.”

Trump said Tuesday he hadn’t heard of Ginsburg’s hospitalization.

“I wish her the best. I hope she’s better,” he said.

In May, Ginsburg was taken to the hospital for an infection caused by a gallstone. She was able to participate in arguments the Supreme Court heard by phone.

Last August 2019, Ginsburg completed her fourth treatment for cancer, the AP reports. A routine blood test discovered the tumor. The three-week radiation therapy ended in August. She also had the bile duct stent placed.

In December 2018, Ginsburg underwent surgery for lung cancer. The operation was successful in removing the cancerous growths. The cancer was discovered after she fell in her office and broke three ribs. Medical tests showed the growths.

In 2009, she was treated for pancreatic cancer and in 1999 she was treated for colorectal cancer.

President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993. She is the court’s oldest member. Ginsburg is widely recognized for her strong opinions on civil rights issues. In 2013, people began calling her the “Notorious RBG” as a nod to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. and her strong opinions.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.