Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Incident In Her Office

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Incident In Her Office

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized after suffering a nasty fall in court on November 7.

A statement released by the court said that the 85-year-old fell at her office, but went home following the incident.

However, Ginsburg had felt "discomfort overnight," and was brought to a Washington D.C. hospital "for observation and treatment" the next day.

"She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning," the statement read.

"Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment."

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Ginsburg has faced a health scare.

"I think I have about at least five more years."

In 2012, she broken two of her ribs, had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014, and has survived two bouts with cancer.

Ginsburg, who was educated at Harvard Law School, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton.

She is considered the leader of the court's four liberal members, and a well-known champion of women's rights, most notably establishing "an important gender equality precedent" in 1996's United States v. Virginia court case.

The Swearing-In of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
President Bill Clinton oversees the Swearing-In of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Associate Supreme Court JusticeUS National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons

Outside the Supreme Court, Ginsburg has become an icon with the media.

The judge has made a handful of appearances on late night talk shows, including the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she demonstrated her workout routine, and has been spoofed by comedian Kate McKinnon on SNL.

Nicknamed the Notorious RBG by the public, Ginsburg is the focus of two major films this year.

The first film is a documentary RBG, which takes an inside look at her life and successful career, while a biopic focusing on Ginsburg's early legal career called On the Basis of Sex will be released at the end of the year.

Since Ginsburg has held her position for more than 25 years and is the court's oldest member, the justice has often disputed the speculation over her retirement.

"I'm now 85," Ginsburg said in July, according to CNN. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years."

Twitter Reacts

Following the press release of Ginsburg's accident, Twitter users were quick to have their crushing reactions heard.

Leslie Grossman was one of the several people on the social media platform to offer her own ribs to the hospitalized judge.

And of course, there were countless tweets of reassurance that Gingsburg will soon be back on the bench.

[H/T: FOX News, USA Today, CNBC]

We wish Ginsburg a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the bench soon.

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