Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall at the court Wednesday night and is in the hospital. At 85, she is the court’s oldest Justice. Ginsburg has broken two ribs in 2012, had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open an artery in 2014. She has yet to miss an argument and the court won’t hear another until 11/26. She has indicated that she has no plans to retire.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.
The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight.
She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.
In her absence, the court was going ahead Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. President Donald Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were expected to attend.
Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.