Ginsburg leaves hos­pi­tal, plans to keep work­ing

The Wichita Eagle - - News - BY ADAM LIPTAK

Jus­tice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal Fri­day af­ter treat­ment for three bro­ken ribs suf­fered in a fall at her of­fice Wed­nes­day evening.

“She is do­ing well and plans to work from home today,” said Kath­leen Ar­berg, a spokes­woman for the court.

If his­tory is any guide, Ginsburg will be on the bench at the next sit­ting of the Supreme Court, which be­gins Nov. 26.

In 2012, she broke two ribs with­out miss­ing work. Two years later, she re­turned to work quickly af­ter un­der­go­ing a heart pro­ce­dure.

She has had can­cer twice, and has at­trib­uted her sur­vival partly to the med­i­cal care she re­ceived at the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health.

“Ever since my col­orec­tal can­cer in 1999, I have been fol­lowed by the NIH,” she said in a 2013 in­ter­view. “That was very lucky for me be­cause they de­tected my pan­cre­atic can­cer at a very early stage” in 2009.

Ginsburg was back on the bench less than three weeks af­ter un­der­go­ing the sec­ond can­cer surgery.

Af­ter her fall Wed­nes­day night, Ginsburg re­turned home but ex­pe­ri­enced dis­com­fort dur­ing the night. She was ad­mit­ted to Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day morn­ing for ob­ser­va­tion and treat­ment.

Ginsburg, 85, is the se­nior mem­ber of the court’s four-mem­ber lib­eral wing. She has re­peat­edly vowed to stay on the court as long as her health holds and she stays men­tally sharp. In a 2013 in­ter­view, she said she loved her work and in­tended to con­tinue “as long as I can do the job full-steam, and that, at my age, is not pre­dictable.”

At oral ar­gu­ments, her ques­tion­ing is pointed and be­trays de­tailed fa­mil­iar­ity with the par­ties’ le­gal ar­gu­ments and the record in the case.

She often talks about her work­outs with a trainer, whom she has called “my phys­i­cal fit­ness guardian since 1999.”

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