Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalised after breaking three ribs in a fall in her office, the court said Thursday.

The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg experienced discomfort overnight and went to the hospital this morning, where she was admitted for observation and treatment. In February 2009, she underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer and returned to the bench later that very month.

Since Supreme Court appointments are for life, it is Ginsburg's right to remain in office as long as she can fulfill her duties.

Her hospitalization came on the same day that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were to attend the investiture of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh at the high court.

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Ginsburg has survived a series of health scares.

The 85-year-old fractured three ribs on her left side from the fall, according to a press release. The court won't hear arguments again until November 26. The severity depends in part on whether the ribs are cracked or broken all the way through, and how many are broken.

During a speaking appearance in NY in July, Ginsburg said she expected to serve on the court for at least five more years.

She already has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.

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