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Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized Overnight, but Already Back at Work Today

By Kevin Fayle on September 25, 2009 12:34 PM

It must have been a scary afternoon at One First Street yesterday.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 76 year-old justice who had surgery for pancreatic cancer earlier this year, reported feeling faint after a treatment for anemia and was taken to Washington Hospital Center.
Justice Ginsburg had just received an iron sucrose infusion at the Office of the Attending Physician to treat an iron deficiency anemia that was discovered in July.  Shortly after the procedure, she said that she was experiencing "lightheadedness and fatigue," according to a statement from the Supreme Court.

A medical examination at the Court showed Ginsburg to be in a stable condition, but she went to the hospital as a precaution, according to the Court's statement.

After no further complications arose, Ginsburg left the hospital earlier today.  And how about this for pluck and dedication - she was back working at the Court this afternoon!

Ginsburg has said that the surgery she underwent for pancreatic cancer was completely successful, but is still undergoing chemotherapy.  One side-effect of pancreatic cancer chemotherapy is anemia.

Despite all of these health concerns, Ginsburg has maintained an active schedule.   Since the surgery, she hasn't missed a day of work, and traveled to Rome to teach during the summer recess.

We at CourtSide are glad that Justice Ginsburg is feeling better, and we salute her work ethic.

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