Nov 9, 2018, 11:25 AM ET

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg out of hospital 'doing well' after suffering 3 fractured ribs from fall


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital Friday after suffering three fractured ribs after falling in her office at the court earlier in the week.

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"She is doing well and plans to work from home today," Kathleen L. Arberg, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said in a statement.

Ginsburg, 85, was treated at George Washington University Hospital early Thursday morning and admitted for observation and treatment.

Ginsburg is one of four liberal-leaning judges, including Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. With the recent addition of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court pick who faced sexual assault allegations during his nomination process, they are the minority on the court.

The president and first lady Melania Trump attended a pre-scheduled meet-and-greet with Supreme Court justices Thursday morning, followed by the investiture ceremony for Kavanaugh.

PHOTO: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The Collection of the Supreme Court/MCT/Getty Images, FILE
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg has developed a reputation for her toughness and strength, both because of her rigorous personal training sessions in the Supreme Court exercise room, and because of the strides she's made for gender equality in the workplace.

PHOTO: This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a scene from RBG.Magnolia Pictures via AP
This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a scene from "RBG."

She was one of nine women in her class at Harvard Law School, the first woman to be a tenured professor at Columbia University Law School and the co-founder of the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU, a group she started in order to fight for equal treatment for both genders.

"The Project was so integral in establishing the principle of equal rights," said Mary Heen, who worked at the Women's Rights Project in the 1980s, in a tribute to the group by the ACLU.

Leading this project, Ginsburg successfully argued six landmark cases before the Supreme Court. In 1980, she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and in 1993, she was nominated by former President Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court.

She became the second woman to ever serve on the highest court in the land.

PHOTO: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a portrait on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 18, 2015.Doug Mills/The New York Times via Redux, FILE
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a portrait on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 18, 2015.

Ginsburg has yet to miss a day of oral arguments, according to the law project Oyez from Cornell University and Chicago-Kent College of Law -- not while undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, recovering from surgery for colon cancer, or the day after her husband died in 2010.

It's also not the first time Ginsburg has endured a rib injury. She broke two ribs in June of 2012, when Ginsburg was 79, but continued to work after the incident.

The next date the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments is Nov. 26.

Rib fractures, a common but painful injury in the elderly community, generally heal in approximately eight to 10 weeks, according to Dr. David Forsh, the chief of orthopedic trauma for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York.

The injury can make it difficult to breathe, and can potentially lead to further complications like a collapsed lung or an increased risk of pneumonia, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, which is also in New York City.

Treatment usually involves pain medication and keeping a watchful eye over symptoms.

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn as the news of Ginsburg's fall broke, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway wished Ginsburg a "full and speedy recovery."

"We are praying for her and we know how tough she is. I’ve known her for many, many years," Conway said.

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  • bflogayle

    Wrap her in bubble wrap and she'll be good to go.

  • The Outlier

    I am ALARMED by the 'agnostic' approach to the Kavanaugh appointment from our "liberal" justices on the Supreme Court. It is abundantly clear from the outrageous opening statement from Kavanaugh that rules no longer apply- yet the liberal justices refuse to object to this utterly disgraced and unqualified "Justice" rendering their court illegitimate. Not a peep out of them. Is it endorsement? Is it cowardice? Is it a desire to 'play by the rules' that no longer exist? Do they not care about the reputation of legitimacy of their Court?

    Profoundly unimpressed with the failure of the few remaining "non-partisan" Justices to even speak up to defend the Rule of Law.

  • CheeseDosTheBalls

    Another ‘Life Alert’ success story..

  • thenitenurse

    Justice Ginsburg is a text book case of how seniors should take care of their health. First she has a real purpose to live each day because her work has real purpose and meaning. She keeps fit by working out. Frequently falls are caused by lack of balance due to stiff joints and muscles. If you are older working out and keeping your environment safe of obstacles is important. She also keeps her health in check with frequent check ups. Being on the federal government payroll and famous makes it easy, Hopefully she starts using a cane or walker when possible to keep her balance.

  • DestinysNow

    As much as Ginsburg has been a needed voice at SC, I still think she made the wrong choice by not retiring when Obama could have replaced her. If Trump wins in 2020, which will only happen if Dems don't unify, her legacy could be cementing the most conservative SC in history. Even still, Thomas and others are getting old too, so nothing can last forever. I hope country eventually seriously considers setting a max term for SC service. People should not be reaching into their 90's and dying off the court, too long in such a powerful position.

  • Phoenix Punk

    Is T done licking his chops and rubbing his hands together yet?

  • Justbkind16

    Happy to hear this! I don't care if you lean right or left. This is a beloved mother, grandmother and fellow human being and we should all wish her well. You know, like everyone rightfully did with Congressman Scalise. Over at the ever disgusting Faux comments section, most are posting that they're not happy and wished that she had kicked the bucket. No surprise there. No wonder they love their leader.

  • Me again

    I am surprised liberals here aren't blaming Trump for her fall. I thought I would read the headlines stating he pushed her down the stairs or something. Very surprised.

  • John S. Henchey

    Did she really break her ribs so she wouldn't have to go to Kavanaughs Meet And Greet?

  • brotherbart

    Get well soon, Ruth...

  • Starderup

    Just don't mix the meds with wine. I love her.

  • Sundown

    Recover quickly, Your Honor. And save us from the WH malignant narcissist before he robs America of freedom.

  • John Smith

    Trump will be replacing her before 2020

  • kittenpops

    She's a tough old her!

  • GayEGO

    Good news! We need more people like Ruth Ginsberg to fight for equality!

  • roald

    My wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

  • I Don't Know

    Everything should have an age limit to start and when to throw in the towel.......EVERYTHING

  • DenaliGal

    I'm glad to see she's out of the hospital and on the way to recovery. The woman has an iron will and I have no doubt she will get through this just fine.