ROCKPORT, MAINE -- Doctors at the Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Maine say there's no cause for concern after the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was brought there by ambulance on Monday. Chief Justice John Roberts reportedly suffered a seizure and fell down at a vacation home. He stayed in the hospital overnight, then left in an SUV on Tuesday morning.
According to a spokesperson, the seizure occurred around 2:00pm as Roberts was stepping off his boat onto a dock near his summer island home. He suffered some minor cuts and scrapes from the fall, and was taken by private boat to the mainland.
"He is fully recovered from the incident," said hospital spokesman Christopher Burke. "He was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport where he underwent a full neurological evaluation which revealed no cause for concern."
Doctors described the episode as a "benign idiopathic seizure," meaning the cause is unknown. Roberts, 52 and a father of two, suffered a similar episode in 1993 while working at the Justice Department.
Named to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush in 2005, Roberts has presided over two terms. He is the youngest justice and has led the court to a more conservative stance.
After Roberts bought a vacation home in Maine, authorities made certain of the local medical capabilities. "some folks came and checked out the hospital, the kinds of facilities and care and clinical specialty areas and things that we had," said Burke.
Health experts say after 2 seizures, there is a greater than 60% chance of suffering another. His doctors will decide if anti-seizure medication is necessary.
Updated by AEB