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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery For Lung Cancer

A little over a month after fracturing three ribs in a nasty fall, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for lung cancer on Friday.

According to CNN, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung Friday at a New York hospital, the Supreme Court announced.”

In a statement released by the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg was to have undergone a “pulmonary lobectomy” in New York City on Friday. Currently, no evidence exists that Ginsburg has any other complications. The full statement:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7.

According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Last month, the Clinton appointee was hospitalized for two fractured ribs she received in a nasty fall.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office at the Court last evening,” the press release from the public information office said at the time. “She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning. Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment.”

According to the Associated Press, she has had a history of health problems that she has overcome in recent years.

“Ginsburg has had a series of health problems,” reports AP. “She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.”

At 85, Justice Ginsburg has made no plans to retire from her Supreme Court seat, which, if filled by a conservative, would dramatically alter the court’s makeup for decades to come. In the early Obama years, progressive activists were hoping she would announce her retirement so that the former president could replace her with an equally liberal judge. After the 2014 midterm, when Republicans took back the Senate, her retirement became all the less likely. Now that President Trump sits in the oval office and Republicans control the Senate, Ginsburg will likely stay on until well past 2020.

“I said I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” Ginsburg said Sunday during an interview following a New York City screening of “On the Basis of Sex.”

We at The Daily Wire wish Justice Ginsburg a speedy recovery.

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