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February 19, 2020

Two days after his horrible Daytona 500 crash, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is out of the hospital.

Newman was hospitalized on Monday after being nudged out of control at the end of the Daytona 500, with NASCAR at the time saying he was in "serious condition" but that his injuries were "not life threatening." It took almost 20 minutes for Newman to be removed from the car after the crash, ESPN reports.

Roush Fenway Racing announced earlier Wednesday that Newman was "fully alert and walking around" while continuing to "show great improvement," which The Washington Post described as an "almost inconceivable update after the fiery wreck." Just a few hours after this great news, Roush Fenway shared a photo of Newman, accompanied by his two daughters, being released.

USA Today in an article Wednesday explored how Newman could have survived such a scary crash, noting numerous safety improvements have been made at NASCAR races in recent years. Racing safety consultant consultant Terry Trammell told the outlet, "It's been amazing. They've turned this whole thing around over time." Racer Kurt Busch made a similar observation Wednesday, tweeting that "there will always be risk involved in our sport" but "the safety advancements NASCAR has made are incredible." Brendan Morrow

November 9, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg already seems to be bouncing back after a nasty fall landed her in the hospital Thursday.

Ginsburg's nephew, Daniel Stiepleman, told Reuters she is "doing great" after fracturing three ribs in a fall Wednesday night and being hospitalized Thursday morning. "The last I heard she was up and working, of course, because what else would she be doing, and cracking jokes," he said at the Thursday premiere of On the Basis of Sex, a new movie about Ginsburg that Stiepleman himself wrote. "I can't promise they were good jokes but they were jokes," he added.

Ginsburg, who at 85 years old is the oldest Supreme Court justice, has recovered from similar injuries before; in 2012, she fell and fractured two ribs, but went back to work immediately, Reuters reported at the time. She has also survived cancer twice, and had heart surgery at the age of 81. Her hospitalization Thursday meant she was absent for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's investiture ceremony, but she has still never missed a day of oral arguments since she was appointed in 1993, NPR reports. Brendan Morrow

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