In February of this year, Senator Jim Bunning predicted that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead in nine months from pancreatic cancer. It was a horrible and tasteless prediction, for which Senator Bunning apologized.
But might he be right? Here’s the latest news about Justice Ginsburg’s health. From the Associated Press:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after becoming ill in her office at the court following treatment for an iron deficiency.
The 76-year-old justice, who underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in February, was taken to Washington Hospital Center at 7:45 p.m. EDT as a precaution, a statement from the court said.
Earlier in the day, she had received an iron sucrose infusion to treat a deficiency that had been discovered in July. About an hour later, she “developed lightheadedness and fatigue,” the statement said. She was found to have a slightly low blood pressure, which the court said can occur after the type of treatment she received.
Although an examination found her to be in stable health, she was given fluids and taken to the hospital as a precaution, the court said.
So this actually doesn’t sound like a big deal. The famously frail justice probably just needs something more to eat. Maybe she can ask her granddaughter, who has good taste in restaurants, for some recommendations in D.C.?
We send Justice Ginsburg best wishes for a speedy recovery.
(Gavel bang: commenters.)
Update (9/25/09, 3 PM): Justice Ginsburg is doing fine. She was released from the hospital this morning.
Justice Ginsburg hospitalized after feeling faint [AP via Blackbook Legal]
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg hospitalized [CNN]
Court statement about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [Washington Post]