Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Three Ribs in Fall, Hospitalized


The supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized after fracturing three ribs in fall at court. She is still in the hospital for "observation and treatment".

According to a news release from Supreme Court Public Information Officer Kathleen L. Arberg, Ginsburg fell in her office on Wednesday evening, but was apparently feeling well enough afterward to go home.

Ginsburg has survived a series of health scares. In November 2014, she had a stent placed in her right coronary artery after experiencing discomfort while exorcising at the Supreme Court gym. President Donald Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were on hand.

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In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans won seats in the U.S. Senate, making future Supreme Court confirmation battles easier. The extent of Ginsburg's injury was not clear. Broken ribs typically heal on their own in six weeks to a month, and patients are advised to limit strenuous activity. A chief complication is pneumonia, when patients don't breathe deeply enough or cough enough because of the rib pain.

The 85-year-old Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993, is among the most liberal justices on the court, which is now split 5-4 in favor of conservatives after President Trump named Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. She is the eldest of the justices, but has not indicated that she plans to retire anytime soon.