Justice Ginsburg hospitalized with broken ribs after fall
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.