Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a talk at Georgetown University Law Center in February 2015. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to George Washington University Hospital early Thursday morning after breaking three ribs in a fall in her court chambers Wednesday evening.

Ginsburg, 85, returned to her home after the fall but began experiencing discomfort overnight, according to a statement from the court’s public information office. The justice then went to the hospital.

“Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment,” the statement said.

Ginsburg, appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton, has served on the court for 25 years. In 2009, she had surgery for pancreatic cancer, and she was successfully treated for colon cancer in 1999.

In July, following a New York performance of “The Originalist,” a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg said: “I’m now 85. My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have at least five more years.”

The Supreme Court is in session today for the formal investiture ceremony for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the court’s newest justice.


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