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.
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!
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.
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.