Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With 3 Broken Ribs

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With 3 Broken Ribs

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, breaks ribs in fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office and fractured three ribs. The 85-year-old liberal justice was admitted to a hospital Thursday.

Ginsburgs health has been a matter of intense speculation in recent years. The courts oldest member, Ginsburg has survived multiple bouts with cancer, and in 2014 underwent a procedure to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery.

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Video: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractures 3 ribs in fall

“She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning,” the court said in a statement Thursday. “Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment.”

It is not the first time that Ginsburg has fractured her ribs while on the court. In June 2012, Ginsburg fractured two ribs in a fall and did not disclose the injury to the public until months later. The court said at the time that despite the fracture, Ginsburg “did not skip a beat.”

While we have yet to receive confirmation if the Dora Milaje is standing guard while Shuri fits the 85-year-old Ginsburg with brand new Vibranium-laced ribs, her age translates into increased concerns about her long-term health. Especially considering that according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in four adults age 65 and older fall each year. Resulting in injuries that are both severe and expensive as hell.

The Brooklyn-native, one of four liberal justices on the nine-member court, has said she plans to serve on the bench until she is 90, and has hired law clerks through 2020.

She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning, the court said in a statement on Thursday. Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment.

Her approach to the law has been described as cautious, though she has been influential in shaping jurisprudence in cases involving gender discrimination, womens reproductive health and international law.

As such, Black Twitter did what Black Twitter does: They broke out the church fans and formed a prayer circle around The Notorious RBG because well be good gotdamned if 45 gets another crack at further contaminating the highest court.

She was the principal author of a landmark brief that led Supreme Court in 1971 to apply the the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to women.

But much like the two ribs she broke in a similar fall in 2012, a stent she had placed in a blocked coronary artery in 2014, and prior bouts with both colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, this too shall pass.

Ginsburg, the second of four women to serve on the high court, was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Before joining the court, she worked as the director of the ACLUs Womens Rights Project.

The liberal justice, who studied at Harvard Law School, was nominated to the highest court in the land by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 to replace retiring Justice Byron R. White. Ginsburg was Clinton's first Supreme Court pick. Prior to ascending to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg became the first woman to receive tenure at Columbia University Law School. She is also notably the co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project.

Video: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in hospital with fractured ribs

News of Ginsburgs fall comes on the same morning as the formal investiture of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trumps second nominee to the high court.

Ginsburg has survived a series of health scares. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012, has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. Despite the issues, Ginsburg has yet to miss a single day of oral arguments during her tenure, The Washington Post reported.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, Falls, Fractures 3 Ribs

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized with broken ribs after falling in her office

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.

Ginsburg, 85, initially went home after the accident, which occurred in her Supreme Court office. But she later reported experiencing some discomfort, and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital "for observation and treatment."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Three Broken Ribs

The courts oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court police to take her to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

A complete break requires making sure the two ends are in alignment, so that a sharp piece of bone doesnt puncture nearby blood vessels or organs. Broken ribs typically heal on their own in six weeks to a month, and patients are advised to limit strenuous activity. But they can be very painful and controlling pain is key. A chief complication is pneumonia, when patients dont breathe deeply enough or cough enough because of the rib pain.

Video: Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after suffering fall

She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obamas second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor.

Video: Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

In her absence, the court went ahead Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. President Donald Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were on hand.

Ginsburg, the courts oldest justice at 85, fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court police to take her to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.

Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.

But she has never missed Supreme Court arguments. The court wont hear arguments again until Nov. 26.

Ruth Bader Ginsburgs broken ribs “should get better,” Dr. LaPook says

Rib fractures are common among older adults, particularly after falls. The severity depends in part on whether the ribs are cracked or broken all the way through, and how many are broken. The extent of Ginsburgs injury was not clear.

A complete break requires making sure the two ends are in alignment, so that a sharp piece of bone doesnt puncture nearby blood vessels or organs. Broken ribs typically heal on their own in six weeks to a month, and patients are advised to limit strenuous activity. But they can be very painful and controlling pain is key. A chief complication is pneumonia, when patients dont breathe deeply enough or cough enough because of the rib pain.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obamas second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor.

She already has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.


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