Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, is one of the four left-leaning justices on the conservative-dominated Supreme Court bench.
She’s also a diabetic who was diagnosed in her childhood with Type 1 diabetes.
According to reports, Sotomayor was treated at her home for a medical emergency on Friday. Paramedics treated her for low blood sugar, but she was not taken to the hospital. POLITICO reports the following:
Paramedics were called to the Washington home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday morning, but a Supreme Court spokeswoman said the justice was not hospitalized and went to work Friday after being treated for low blood sugar.
“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 told POLITICO. “She’s at work and following her usual schedule and will be participating in all planned activities over the weekend.”
When she was nominated to the high court by President Barack Obama, a doctor’s statement said she practices so-called tight control of her blood sugar. The method can prolong the lives of those with diabetes and prevent serious complications, but risks low blood sugar levels.
Trump has previously displayed vicious cruelty toward Justice Sotomayor, suggesting that “health issues” could remove her from the court.
In a report by Axios, Trump claimed that he might get to appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices:
Asked how he comes to that jaw-dropping number, Trump mentions the obvious: he’s already replaced Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, and there are rumors Anthony Kennedy will retire:
“Ok,” one source told Trump, “so that’s two. Who are the others?”
“Ginsburg,” Trump replied. “What does she weigh? 60 pounds?”
“Who’s the fourth?” the source asked.
“Sotomayor,” Trump said, referring to the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, whose name is rarely, if ever, mentioned in speculation about the next justice to be replaced. “Her health,” Trump explained. “No good. Diabetes.”
As POLITICO‘s report goes on to detail, low blood sugar is a risk of the life-prolonging management technique that Sotomayor has chosen. Tight control can extend the life of a patient, but carries with it the risk of low blood sugar. You have a very short window of time after the insulin starts working to eat take glucose.
In other words, although this incident is scary, it likely says nothing about her ability to continue doing her job in the future. After all, she never went to the hospital, and is already back at work. Here’s more: