- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from hospital following cancer surgery, Reuters reports
- A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Arberg, says that Ginsburg is now recuperating at home.
- On Monday,Associated Press reported that ‘RBG’ was up and working just a few days after undergoing surgery for lung cancer.
- The 85-year-old Ginsburg will be home in time to watch the newly released feature film “On the Basis of Sex,” released this week which follows some of her notable early battles and achievements.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back at home after being released from a hospital following cancer surgery, Reuters reported.
A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Arberg, says that Ginsburg is recuperating at home.
On Monday, the Associated Press said that Ginsburg was up and working some 72 hours after surgery for lung cancer.
“Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home,” Arberg said in a statement, Wednesday.
It was only on Friday that the famously durable 85-year-old justice underwent surgery to remove two malignant growths in her left lung.
Doctors found no evidence of disease elsewhere in her body after the pulmonary lobectomy, and no further treatment is planned, according to an earlier court statement.
Ginsburg was only just hospitalized in November after she fractured several ribs in a fall. It was while she was being treated for those injuries that doctors identified two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung.
Ginsburg’s health has been an ongoing preoccupation for Democrats across the country in recent years. The court’s conservative-to-liberal ratio is now 5-4 after President Donald Trump appointed justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the seats vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Ginsburg, adored by the left for her apparently indomitable stamina was appointed to the country’s highest court back in 1993 during President Bill Clinton’s administration.
A feature film about her life, “On the Basis of Sex,” with Felicity Jones in the lead role made its debut in US theatres this week.
The movie also stars Arnie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates.
This documentary, simply titled “RBG,” was released earlier in 2018.
Reuters said, in the event Ginsburg retires from the bench, Trump could replace her, adding to the two conservative justices he has added to the court since his innauguration in January 2017.
A potential 6-3 conservative court count in favour of GOP-leaning justices would have “major consequences for issues including abortion, the death penalty, voting rights, gay rights and religious liberty,” according to Reuters.
In a career of extraordinary endurance, Ginsburg has reportedly never missed a day of oral arguments in the 25 years she has spent on the court, despite her numerous health scares.
The nodules are Ginsburg’s third encounter with cancer, after being treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, according to National Public Radio.
The court will next meet on January 7.
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