Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Justice Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

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Patty Aguilar | 08 November, 2018, 18:44

US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fractured three ribs after a fall on Wednesday, the court says.

The 85-year-old justice initially went home after the fall, but experienced discomfort overnight.

The fall happened in her office at the Supreme Court in Washington.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has appointed two conservative justices to the court, shifting it to the right.

Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. President Trump is among the dignitaries planning to attend the ceremony at the court.

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RBG also took a spill back in 2012 and broke 2 ribs that time. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

But she has never missed Supreme Court arguments. Broken ribs typically heal on their own in six weeks to a month, and patients are advised to limit strenuous activity.

Ginsburg is already five years past the average retirement age of the past 11 justices and is three years older than the recently retired justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

During a speaking appearance in NY in July, Ginsburg said she expected to serve on the court for at least five more years. However, she reportedly hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.

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