Paramedics treated Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a type 1 diabetic, for symptoms relating to low blood sugar at her Washington, D.C., apartment early Friday morning.
Medical personnel on scene quickly stabilized the justice’s blood sugar. She was not hospitalized, and reported to work at the high court as normal.
“She experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning. She was treated by emergency medical services and is doing fine,” Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. “She’s at work and following her usual schedule and will be participating in all planned activities over the weekend.”
Politico first reported the incident.
The Supreme Court’s Public Information Office generally does not disclose such incidents absent an inquiry. Fix the Court, a nonpartisan watchdog group that advocates for judicial transparency, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that periodic medical disclosures are essential for judges serving a lifelong term.
“As much fun as was poked at President Trump’s physical this week, the White House still told the public more about his health than the Supreme Court press office typically releases about the health of the justices,” Executive Director Gabe Roth said. “In fact, when eight of the justices were asked after Justice Scalia’s death about their own fitness, Chief Justice John Roberts responded on their behalf by saying he’d only provide such information ‘when a need to inform the public arises.’ But with justices serving longer than ever, the public does have a right to expect periodic health updates about the Court’s superannuated occupants.”
Sotomayor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, and has managed her own care for most of her life with insulin injections and glucose tablets. Her longtime doctor, Andrew Jay Drexler, certified in a 2009 letter that Sotomayor has effectively managed her diabetes for decades, maintaining “excellent control” over her blood sugar for as long as she has been in his care.
Approximately 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
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