United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reportedly underwent surgery on Friday to have two cancerous nodes removed from her lungs.
The surgery put Ginsburg, who has served her post since 1993, back in the hospital after the judge fractured three ribs just one month ago when she fell in her office.
From the Daily Wire:
In a statement released by the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg was to have undergone a “pulmonary lobectomy” in New York City on Friday. Currently, no evidence exists that Ginsburg has any other complications. The full statement:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7.
According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.
Ginsburg, who is 85 and the oldest member of the nation’s highest court, previously said she is prepared to serve the duration of President Trump’s term. Despite ongoing health concerns, Ginsburg has never failed to appear for Supreme Court arguments.
The president wished the Clinton-appointee a swift recovery in a tweet Friday evening.
“Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery!” Trump said.
Last month, the Associated Press reported that Ginsburg has suffered a somewhat lengthy series of health issues since 2009.
“Ginsburg has had a series of health problems,” Associated Press reported in November, following Ginsburg’s hospitalization. “She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.”
“Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obama’s second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor,” the report continued. “She already has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.”