Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will have a shoulder replacement surgery after injuring herself at her home. According to reports, Sotomayor injured her shoulder after falling earlier this month. Her shoulder surgery will take place on Tuesday of this week.
The 63-year-old Supreme Court justice has had to wear a sling for several weeks and undergo physical therapy.
Politico reported in January that paramedics were called to the Washington home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The Obama-appointed Justice apparently was not hospitalized and went to work after being treated for dangerously low blood sugar. Neighbors were concerned after paramedics came to Sotomayor's apartment near Washington's Shaw and Columbia Heights neighborhood, but she ended up okay.
"She experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning," remarked a court spokeswoman, according to Politico. "She was treated by emergency medical services and is doing fine. She's at work and following her usual schedule and will be participating in all planned activities over the weekend."
According to Politico, Sotomayor was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes, which she now controls through a combination of synthetic insulin, glucose tablets, and regular checks of her blood.
Sotomayor has had a remarkable life despite her struggle with diabetes. Her father struggled with alcoholism and died at a very early age. She was then raised by an emotionally distant mother who scrambled to make ends meet as they lived in the Bronx.
She eventually made it to Yale Law School, served as an assistant district attorney in New York, and was eventually nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 1992, she eventually became the first Hispanic federal judge in New York. Then she briefly served on the U.S. Court of Appeals before making it to the US Supreme Court.
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