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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Fractured Ribs

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Fractured Ribs

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized for "observation and treatment" after she fell and fractured three ribs, a court spokeswoman says. "She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital earlier this morning", a statement via from the Supreme Court reads. She has also reportedly hired law clerks through 2020, sending the message that she plans on sticking around.

If Ginsburg were unable to continue serving on the court, Trump would likely move swiftly to replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.

Ginsburg has survived bouts with colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancer, and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

Her hospitalization came on the same day that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were to attend the investiture of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh at the high court.

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In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans won seats in the U.S. Senate, making future Supreme Court confirmation battles easier.

Rib fractures are common among older adults, particularly after falls. The extent of Ginsburg's injury was not clear. A chief complication is pneumonia, when patients don't breathe deeply enough or cough enough because of the rib pain.

Ginsburg's heath has been the subject of public concern as the court's oldest justice is one of four liberals on the bench.

During a speaking appearance in NY in July, Ginsburg said she expected to serve on the court for at least five more years.