Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is officially released from the hospital after her secret surgery. The adored Supreme Court Justice underwent a serious surgery on Friday, December 21st, 2018.
Ruth, who has become one of the most iconic members of the Supreme Court, suffered a severe fall while working in November 2018. After being rushed to the hospital, it was confirmed that she had broken three ribs.
At 85 years, a fall like the one Ruth suffered is seriously dangerous. It was during her examination that two malignant masses were discovered on her lungs, sending doctors into a major concern. On December 21st, 2018, it was confirmed that Justice Ginsburg needed surgery in order to remove two cancerous nodules.
The Supreme Court confirmed the surgery in a press release, “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 7th.”
The statement continued: “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.”
On December 26th, 2018, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital and sent home where she was set to spend the rest of her recovery time. CNN reported that Kathy Arberg, a public information officer for the Supreme Court, confirmed her release in a statement sharing, “Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home.”
As of now, there is no further treatment planned for but the Supreme Court press release assures the public that Justice Ginsburg will remain in the hospital for the next few days.
The Supreme Court duty is one that is held for life. Given her declining health in the last ten years, many are wondering if she will retire rather than carry out her duties. However, before her fall, Ruth hired law clerks through 2020. Judging by this, Ruth is planning to carry out her duties until she is at least 87 years old.
CNN reports that Justice Ginsburg will be returning back to work on January 4th, 2019. We hope she is not in too much pain and that she experiences a speedy recovery. Will you pray for her as well?
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