Nancy Reagan, the widow of former President Ronald Reagan is recovering from several broken ribs that were damaged nearly six weeks ago.
According to a report that just became public on Tuesday night, Reagan fell down in her California home.
Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical editor at ABC News says of the accident:
“Falls in someone this age can be very serious. They are one of the leading causes of death. A broken rib makes it hard to take a deep breath, and that can set you up for pneumonia, which in the elderly, in particular, can be deadly.”
News of the fall was not made public until the former First Lady was forced to cancel a personal appearance she was was set to make during a speech by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, that speech was to happen at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. It was the library’s director who announced the accident for which the Nancy Reagan was healing.
This isn’t the first time the former first lady has had a problem with falls, last summer she lost her balance and nearly fell to the floor at the Reagan Library, only to be caught by Sen. Marco Rubio. In 2009 Nancy Reagan broke her pelvis in a fall.
The 90-year-old Republican continues to make appearances at GOP events whenever possible, showing her unwavering support for the political party her husband watched over.
Exact details surrounding Nancy Reagan’s condition have not been made available to the public at this time.