Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after she fell in her office and fractured three ribs, CNN reports.

The 85-year-old “experienced discomfort” at home after the fall Wednesday and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital Thursday morning.

"She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning," Supreme Court press secretary Kathy Arberg said in a statement. "Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment."

The statement was released one hour before the court was to hold a private ceremony to welcome new Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ginsburg has been on the court since she was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Ginsburg has history of health problems: "In November 2014, she underwent a heart procedure to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery, and in 2009, she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer," CNN reported. "In 1999, just six years after being sworn in as an associate justice, Ginsburg successfully underwent surgery to treat colon cancer."

She also fractured two ribs in a fall in 2012 but did not disclose the injury until months later.

Democrats concerned about Ginsburg's future: "Given Ruth Bader Ginsburg's age, some Democrats have expressed concerns about her health, and another opening on the bench would ensure conservative control of the court for decades," The Greenville News noted.

"Is rib donation a thing? If it is, I volunteer," a fan of Notorious R.B.G. tweeted.


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