Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after she breaks three ribs in a fall she suffered in her office

Justice Ginsburg's history suggests that injuries have not kept her away from the workings of the court, and she most likely will not miss the next sitting of the Supreme Court.


                             Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after she breaks three ribs in a fall she suffered in her office

A spokeswoman for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court said that she was hospitalized with three broken ribs after falling in her office Wednesday evening. While the 85-year-old SCOTUS Justice went home after the fall, she experienced discomfort over the night. Kathy Arberg, a Supreme Court spokeswoman, said that doctors at George Washington University Hospital found three broken ribs on her left side, the New York Times reports.

That said, Justice Ginsburg's history suggests that injuries have not kept her away from the workings of the court, and she most likely will not miss the next sitting of the Supreme Court which begins on November 26. In 2012, she returned to work after breaking two ribs. In the same year, she underwent a heart procedure but returned to work soon after. Furthermore, she returned to work less than three weeks after having a surgery for a cancerous tumor and was back in action after having a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during the Cinema Cafe with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge on January 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Getty)
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during the Cinema Cafe with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge on January 21, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Getty)

Nonetheless, liberals are uncertain about how much more time Justice Ginsburg will be able to serve despite her bouncing back quickly from health setbacks. A major concern amongst leftists is the balance of the Supreme Court shifting to the right, owing to President Trump’s appointment of two conservative justices. Depending on the specifics, broken ribs are usually painful and could puncture the lung. While Arberg has not provided additional details about the fall, including whether it was a result of another medical condition, broken ribs usually take six weeks to heal.

President Trump is yet to publicly comment on Justice Ginsburg's hospitalization. He was present at the Supreme Court Thursday morning to attend a ceremony for Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was sworn in last month. Having said that, Justice Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the panel after being appointed in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. As long as she is healthy and mentally sharp, she has promised to fight for liberal causes.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses during a group photograph at the Supreme Court building on September 29, 2009, in Washington, DC. (Getty)
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses during a group photograph at the Supreme Court building on September 29, 2009, in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Ginsburg, who leads the SCOTUS liberal wing, has already hired clerks for a term that extends into 2020, suggesting that she has no plans to retire any time soon. The firebrand judge, who hails from New York, is famous for her body of work towards women's rights. In recent years, she gained social media popularity with her own meme and nickname: "Notorious R.B.G." Hollywood is currently making a movie from her life story after a documentary based on her was released over the summer.