Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taken to hospital after fall U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in hospital after suffering fall
Melinda Barton | 08 November, 2018, 19:25

Ginsburg, 85, the oldest member of the high court, is known to keep working until all hours of the night, but she returned home after her fall.

Tests showed Ginsburg had fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment.

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 his brand new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will also be in attendance.

Ginsburg has survived several fights with cancer and had heart surgery in 2014, according to CNBC.

RBG also took a spill back in 2012 and broke 2 ribs that time. Instead she will remain in the hospital.

Prior to her appointment, Ms Ginsburg focused her work on women's rights and started the first law journal dedicated to the topic. The extent of Ginsburg's injury was not clear. A chief complication is pneumonia, when patients don't breathe deeply enough or cough enough because of the rib pain.

Ginsburg's heath has been the subject of public concern as the court's oldest justice is one of four liberals on the bench. She is the eldest of the justices, but has not indicated that she plans to retire anytime soon.

Should Ginsburg or any of the other three liberal justices step down while President Donald Trump is in office, that crucial advantage at the highest level of the judicial branch of the US government could grow even larger.