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Ginsburg hospitalized after drug reaction, fall on plane

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized overnight after suffering a reaction from sleep and cold medications and falling off her chair on an airplane.

Ginsburg boarded a plane last night for a planned trip to London to attend a ceremony celebrating the United Kingdom’s new Supreme Court. According to a statement from the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg suffered “extreme drowsiness” and fell from her airplane seat. The drowsiness was caused by “an apparent adverse reaction to a sleeping aid combined with cold medication,” the statement said.

Ginsburg was held overnight at Washington Hospital Center as a precaution. She was found to be in stable health and released this morning.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer were also scheduled to attend the ceremony in London, but only Breyer was on Ginsburg’s flight. He left the plane with the ailing justice, but took a later flight to London. It is unclear whether Ginsburg will travel to the ceremony.

This is the second hospitalization in as many months for Ginsburg, who was treated in September after feeling faint in her chambers after receiving an iron sucrose infusion to treat anemia – a condition she was diagnosed with in July.

Earlier this year Ginsburg underwent pancreatic cancer surgery and treatment, but quickly resumed her duties on the bench without missing a case.

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