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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, Hospitalized After Fracturing 3 Ribs in Fall

11-08-2018
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WASHINGTON – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital after fracturing three ribs during a fall Wednesday evening at her Supreme Court office.
 
The 85-year-old was admitted to George Washington University Hospital this morning for treatment.

"She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning," the court's press secretary, Kathy Arberg, said in a statement. "Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment."

Ginsburg's spill caused her to miss the ceremonial swearing-in Thursday of the newest addition to the high court: Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

President Donald Trump made the trek from the White House for Kavanugh's formal investiture.

Meanwhile, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters she is praying for the elderly justice.

"Of course, I am praying for her," The Hill quoted Conway. "She is a very tough woman, 85 years old, falling ... obviously we are praying for her."

Although small in stature, Ginsburg has developed an out-sized reputation as an outspoken justice and the leader of the court's liberal wing.

Still, she often receives praise for her sharp legal mind from people on both sides of the aisle.

As the second woman to be seated on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg is considered a trailblazer. She's also been a strong advocate for women's rights and gender equality.

Recently, she's become a cultural icon among progressives, being featured in everything from clothing to books and movies – and commonly referred to by her initials, RBG.

Ginsburg, who is a two-time survivor of cancer, has said she has no near-term plans of slowing down or retiring.

"I'm now 85," Ginsburg said recently. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years."

"We know how tough she is," Conway remarked before wishing Ginsburg a "full and speedy recovery."

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