Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a member of the high court since 1993, has undergone heart surgery earlier this morning:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, underwent a heart procedure Wednesday morning to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery.
A blockage was discovered after Ginsburg “experienced discomfort during routine exercise” Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital, according to a release from the Supreme Court.
Ginsburg is resting “comfortably” at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is expected to be released in the next 48 hours.
Ginsberg has previously been treated for colon cancer and pancreatic cancer. However, this summer she squashed talk of any near-term retirement.
“As long as I can do the job full steam…I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can,” she told Elle magazine.