Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalised after breaking three ribs in a fall in her office, the court said Thursday. But she felt discomfort overnight and made a decision to go to the hospital early Thursday morning - where she has been admitted for observation and treatment. She has also reportedly hired law clerks through 2020, sending the message that she plans on sticking around.

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office at the Court last evening", reads the press release from the pubic information office.

Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she broke three ribs.

Ginsburg has persevered on the bench despite several health issues, including scares from both colon and pancreatic cancer and a heart procedure in which she received a stent in her right coronary artery.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at a lecture on September 26 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg has been hospitalized after falling and fracturing several ribs. President Trump is among the dignitaries planning to attend the ceremony at the court.

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But she has never missed Supreme Court arguments.

The timing of 85-year-old RBG's fall is ominous, to say the least, if you're on the left. The severity depends in part on whether the ribs are cracked or broken all the way through, and how many are broken.

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.

Ginsburg was Clinton's first Supreme Court pick.

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