Jus­tice Gins­burg hos­pi­tal­ized with bro­ken ribs af­ter fall

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

WASH­ING­TON – Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg was hos­pi­tal­ized Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter fall­ing in her of­fice Wed­nes­day night, the court an­nounced.

Gins­burg, 85, went home af­ter the fall but con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence “dis­com­fort overnight” and went to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal early Thurs­day. Tests showed she frac­tured three ribs on her left side and she “was ad­mit­ted for ob­ser­va­tion and treat­ment,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The fall kept Gins­burg from at­tend­ing Thurs­day’s for­mal in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony for new As­so­ciate Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh.

Gins­burg, the court’s el­dest jus­tice, has served for 25 years af­ter be­ing ap­pointed by for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in 1993. She is the leader of the court’s lib­eral wing.

She also is a med­i­cal war­rior, hav­ing sur­vived colon can­cer in 1999, pan­cre­atic can­cer a decade later, a heart stent pro­ce­dure in 2014 and a pre­vi­ous bout with bro­ken ribs. She works out with a per­sonal trainer twice weekly.

Gins­burg wrote the first opin­ion of the Supreme Court’s term this year on age dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Ear­lier this year, Gins­burg said she in­tended to stay on the bench for at least five more years.

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