WASHINGTON — Retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was "resting comfortably and in good spirits" Saturday after surgery to implant a pacemaker, a spokesman for the National Naval Medical Center said.
"The pacemaker is functioning as expected," hospital spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Clyde said in a written statement announcing the surgery.
The device was implanted Friday afternoon "to treat an abnormally slow heart rate," Clyde said.
"Justice Marshall is resting comfortably and in good spirits," he added in a telephone interview.
Clyde said Marshall, 83, had remained "awake during the procedure and tolerated it well."
He did not say when Marshall, who has been hospitalized since Wednesday after complaining of lightheadedness, would be released.
Marshall, the court's only black member, said in June that his health was a factor in his decision to retire from the court after 24 years.
"My doctor and my wife and I have been discussing this for the past six months or more. And we all eventually agreed, all three of us, that this is it, and this is it," Marshall told reporters at a news conference then.