Jewish US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with an infection caused by a gallstone and will probably remain in hospital “for a day or two”, according to a court statement released on Tuesday.
“The justice is resting comfortably and plans to participate in the oral argument teleconference tomorrow morning remotely from the hospital,” the Supreme Court said in a statement.
The 87-year-old justice underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday.
After oral arguments with the court, Ginsburg had the outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington that confirmed that she had a gallstone blocking her cystic duct, which had resulted in an infection.
Some speculations regarding Ginsburg’s health occurred earlier as she had some health problems that sparked allegations that she would exit the court, providing an opportunity for Trump to appoint a third justice to the bench.
She repeatedly denied any notion that her departure from the nation’s highest court was imminent, however, claiming that she desires to remain in her position until she is 90 years old. She has fought back cancer twice – in 1999 and 2009 – and recently announced that she is “cancer-free”.
Ginsburg was the first woman to be hired as a professor at Columbia Law School and the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice. She was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by U.S. President Jimmy Carter in the 1980s. Thirteen years later, U.S. President Bill Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She is best known for her breakthrough work regarding human rights and women’s rights.