- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2009

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent Wednesday night in a hospital after having a bad reaction to a combination of cold medicine and a sleeping aid, the high court said Thursday.

Justice Ginsburg fell ill immediately after boarding an overnight flight from Washington to London. Paramedics were called after she became extremely drowsy and fell from her seat. Justice Ginsberg was taken as a precaution to the Washington Hospital Center at about 11:15 p.m. She was released after her condition became stable. The sleeping aid was a prescription medication and the cold medicine was bought over the counter, officials said.

Justice Ginsberg, 76, underwent cancer surgery on Feb. 5. Doctors removed her spleen and a small, malignant growth from her pancreas.

She fell ill at work in September after being treated for anemia — a common side effect of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. Justice Ginsberg was then admitted as a precaution to the Washington Hospital Center. She took her seat on the high court 1993.

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