After news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell and broke some of her ribs, former Charmed star Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to offer up her own ribs, and other body parts.
The Office of Public Information in a press release indicated that Ginsburg fell in her office at the Supreme Court. While she would return to her home, she would eventually go to George Washington University Hospital where they discovered she fractured three ribs on her left side.
Breaking: Justince Ginsburg broke three ribs in a fall last night, per the Supreme Court. She went to the hospital this morning and was admitted “for observation and treatment,” the public information office adds. pic.twitter.com/vu7udRwoMs
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) November 8, 2018
After this news became public, the former Charmed actress decided to offer up her own ribs to the Supreme Court Justice as well as her lung and kidneys. In fact, she offers up “anything else she needs” going so far as to even include her “husband on Thursdays.”
Ruth Bader Ginsberg can have my ribs. And my kidneys and a lung. And anything else she needs. She can even have my husband on Thursdays.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 8, 2018
Milano wouldn’t be alone in offering up her ribs.
I HAVE RIBS DO YOU NEED MY RIBS PLEASE TAKE ALL MY RIBS https://t.co/OZHvdDRQi6
— Patti Murin (@PattiMurin) November 8, 2018
How does one go about signing up to donate a rib? Asking for a friend.https://t.co/SxjLZvJeo5
— Dave Min (@DaveMinCA) November 8, 2018
I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE, TAKE MY RIBS INSTEAD https://t.co/3p929Q42xj
— rishi (@rmagia) November 8, 2018
Many observers on the left are worried about the aging Justice and her health issues. Over the last few years, she has fought off two bouts of cancer, two broken ribs from a fall in 2012, and a bad reaction to medication in 2009. She also had a stint implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. If nothing else this shows that though the Supreme Court Justice has had a bad history of health issues. But She’s one hell of a fighter.
Considered to be one of the greatest legal minds to grace the court, Ginsburg was first appointed to the court by then-President Clinton in 1993 to fill the seat vacated by Justice Bryon White. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a complex relationship with both the political world and those within the court. For example, before his passing in 2016, her and Justice Antonin Scalia shared a great friendship despite both holding very different legal opinions.
While this latest injury saw Ginsburg go to the hospital, she has previously vowed to continue to perform the job. In 2013, she stated, “As long as I can do the job full steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable.”
There were plenty of people to offer up their ribs; however, that might not be the best solution. Yahoo spoke with Thomas K. Varghese Jr., the head of general thoracic surgery at the University of Utah. He explained the usefulness or lack thereof when it comes to rib donation:
Given advancements in rib-plating technology, the usefulness of rib donation is really limited. At this time, current practice is to either let the ribs heal, to remove ribs that aren’t healing but causing symptoms, or to bridge a rib fracture with metal plates to facilitate healing and improve discomfort associated with a fracture.
He also explained the proper treatment for rib fractures:
Donating ribs is not the appropriate treatment for rib fractures. The best treatment consists primarily of pain relief, with supportive therapy. We often give patients with rib fractures some type of pain relief and encourage them to take deep breaths to avoid respiratory complications. For a fracture, receiving a donated rib would likely be more painful than breaking one in the first place!
What do you make of Milano’s comments? Will you be offering up your ribs to the Supreme Court Justice?