Jus­tice Gins­burg hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter fall that broke three ribs

Merced Sun-Star - - Front Page - BY EILEEN SUL­LI­VAN AND ADAM LIP­TAK

Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg was hos­pi­tal­ized Thurs­day morn­ing with three bro­ken ribs af­ter fall­ing in her of­fice Wed­nes­day evening, a spokes­woman said.

Gins­burg, 85, went home af­ter her fall but ex­pe­ri­enced dis­com­fort dur­ing the night. She was ad­mit­ted to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal, where doc­tors found three bro­ken ribs on her left side, Kathy Ar­berg, a Supreme Court spokes­woman, said in a state­ment.

The next sit­ting of the Supreme Court be­gins Nov. 26, and Gins­burg’s his­tory sug­gests that the in­juries aren’t likely to keep her away. She broke two ribs in 2012 with­out miss­ing work. And she re­turned to work quickly af­ter un­der­go­ing a heart pro­ce­dure in 2012. She also is a can­cer sur­vivor and re­turned to work less than three weeks af­ter hav­ing surgery.

Still, even with her re­silience, lib­er­als have be­come jit­tery about how much more time she will be able to serve, par­tic­u­larly with the bal­ance of the Supreme Court shift­ing to the right be­cause of Pres­i­dent Don­ald

Trump’s ap­point­ment of two con­ser­va­tive jus­tices. Gins­burg is the se­nior mem­ber of the court’s lib­eral wing. A third Trump ap­point­ment to the court would give it a dom­i­nant 6-3 con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity.

Bro­ken ribs are usu­ally painful and could punc­ture the lung, de­pend­ing on the specifics of the break. Ar­berg didn’t pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails about how Gins­burg fell or whether she fell be­cause of an­other med­i­cal con­di­tion. Bro­ken ribs typ­i­cally take about six weeks to heal, but it varies from case to case.

By mid­day, Trump had not pub­licly com­mented on Gins­burg’s hos­pi­tal­iza­tion. In the morn­ing, the pres­i­dent at­tended a for­mal cer­e­mony at the Supreme Court for Jus­tice Brett M. Ka­vanaugh, who was sworn in last month. All of the jus­tices were there ex­cept for Gins­burg.

Trump has been crit­i­cal of Gins­burg, say­ing in 2016 that “her mind is shot” and sug­gest­ing that she re­sign. His sharp words came af­ter Gins­burg mocked Trump in a se­ries of in­ter­views. She later said she had made a mis­take in pub­licly com­ment­ing on a can­di­date and promised to be more “cir­cum­spect” in the fu­ture.

Gins­burg was ap­pointed to the court by Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in 1993 and is its old­est jus­tice.

Ruth Bader Gins­burg

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