Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized, Second Health Scare In Weeks

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Oct 15, 2009 11:35am

ABC's Ariane DeVogue reports: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 76,  was briefly hospitalized overnight with what a court spokeswoman said was "an apparent adverse reaction to a sleeping aid combined with cold medication."

Ginsburg, who had surgery in February for an early stage pancreatic cancer, had boarded a plane bound for the UK when she began to experience extreme drowsiness before the plane took off. After she fell from her seat, paramedics were called and she was taken to the Washington Hospital Center as a precaution.
Ginsburg had been scheduled to attend opening ceremonies for Britain's Supreme Court along with other Justices.

Justice Stephen Breyer had been traveling with Ginsburg and deplaned with her. He caught a later flight. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia had left earlier in the day for the same event.
At the hospital Ginsburg was found to be in stable health.

It is the second health scare for Ginsburg in the last several weeks. On September 24th, the court released a statement saying that the Justice had been taken to the hospital after falling ill from an iron sucrose infusion to treat an iron deficiency.

Ginsburg was released this morning and Court officials were not sure if she planned to continue her travel to Britain.

You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus