Ruth Bader Ginsburg breaks ribs in fall

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized early Thursday morning after fracturing three ribs during a fall in her office Wednesday night, the court said.

The timing of 85-year-old RBG's fall is ominous, to say the least, if you're on the left. The court says the fall occurred in her office at the court on Wednesday evening. Ever the tough lady she is, Ginsburg didn't admit herself to the George Washington University Hospital until Thursday morning after experiencing discomfort overnight, where she learned that she had actually fractured three of her ribs.

She was appointed to the court by former president Bill Clinton in 1993. President Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were expected to attend. She was the second woman to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court, after retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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 take six weeks to heal, but it varies from case to case.

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As one of the court's older members, Ginsburg's health has become the subject of much attention in recent years.

Arberg did not provide additional details about how Ginsburg fell or whether she fell because of another medical condition.

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

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