Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fracturing 3 Ribs in Fall

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.

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 11:40 AM

By MARK SHERMAN , Associated Press

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 called Supreme Court police to take her to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.

In her absence, the court went 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 on hand.

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.

But she has never missed Supreme Court arguments. The court won't hear arguments again until Nov. 26.

Rib fractures are common among older adults, particularly after falls. The severity depends in part on whether the ribs are cracked or broken all the way through, and how many are broken. The extent of Ginsburg's injury was not clear.

A complete break requires making sure the two ends are in alignment, so that a sharp piece of bone doesn't puncture nearby blood vessels or organs. Broken ribs typically heal on their own in six weeks to a month, and patients are advised to limit strenuous activity. But they can be very painful and controlling pain is key. A chief complication is pneumonia, when patients don't breathe deeply enough or cough enough because of the rib pain.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obama's second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor.

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

Ginsburg leads the court's liberal wing.

Article Comments

Medford
Few Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 82°
Brookings
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 59°
Crater Lake
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 82°
Grants Pass
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 84°
Klamath Falls
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 82°
Warm Father's Day
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Summer meal options for those in need

Image

Sunday, June 16 morning weather

Image

Runners race along the Rogue River

Image

Saturday, June 15 evening weather

Image

How ODF spots fires across our region

Image

Saturday, June 15 morning weather

Image

OSF: "Mother Road" playwright discusses play's inspiration

Image

Golf Tip of the Week: Stone Ridge Golf Club

Image

Oregon state champion bowlers set sights on Pepsi Youth Championships

Image

Friday, June 14th Evening Weather