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Justice Breyer has shoulder surgery after fall from bike, Supreme Court says

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had surgery on his right shoulder Saturday to repair a fracture he suffered in a fall from his bicycle a day earlier in Washington, the court said.

The justice, 74, was taken by ambulance to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital after the fall near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on Friday afternoon, the court said in a statement.

The court said that the procedure, reverse shoulder replacement surgery to repair a proximal humerus fracture, was successful and that Breyer was resting comfortably and was expected to be released from the hospital early in the week.

The justice broke his collarbone in an accident two years ago and suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a bicycle accident in 1993. He was appointed to the court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton and is considered a member of its liberal wing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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