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Justice Ginsburg released from hospital after fracturing three ribs

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Stacy Diaz | 10 November, 2018, 17:36

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned home after being hospitalized with three cracked ribs suffered in a fall, the high court said Friday. Reports now indicate that she is on her way to a full recovery.

This type of injury tends to be painful because the ribs move with each breath, said CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, who is not involved in Ginsburg's treatment.

Indeed, word today is that she's "up and working" in her hospital room, "because what else would she be doing, and cracking jokes", according to her nephew, who spoke to reporters at the premiere of the RBG biopic On the Basis of Sex last night. "I can't promise they were good jokes but they were jokes". Please, take all of our ribs, all of our organs, all of our everything to keep her safe and healthy.

Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says she is "doing well" and working from home. She also had two bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by Bill Clinton and became the second female justice to be confirmed, the first having been Sandra Day O'Connor. In the early Obama years, progressive activists were hoping she would announce her retirement so that the former president could replace her with an equally liberal judge. Given the sensitivity of the rib area, he said, they will likely take it easy for a while, "and then we'll pick back up just like we usually do".