Jus­tice Gins­burg hos­pi­tal­ized with bro­ken ribs after fall



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 the in­juries are not 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 is also 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 did not pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails about how Gins­burg fell.

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