Broken ribs keep Nancy Reagan from attending Paul Ryan speech at Reagan Presidential Library

Former first lady Nancy Reagan attends New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's speech during the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Sept. 27, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif. Getty Images

Former first lady Nancy Reagan attends New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's speech during the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Sept. 27, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif.
Former first lady Nancy Reagan attends New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's speech at the Reagan Presidential Library Sept. 27, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif.
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(CBS News) Former first lady Nancy Reagan broke some of her ribs in a fall earlier this year and is recovering at her Southern California home, the head of the foundation named for President Ronald Reagan said.

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John Heubusch, executive director of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, told an audience gathered Tuesday night at Reagan's presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., that the former first lady wouldn't attend a speech by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., "on doctor's orders."

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"She's fine but still nursing some broken ribs from a fall that several of you heard about weeks ago," Heubusch said.

Heubusch said that Reagan, 90, fell about six weeks ago, according to The Associated Press. Her presence has been a fixture at many events hosted by the presidential library. Last September, she attended an event featuring remarks by Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

In 2009, Reagan broke her pelvis in a fall at her home and had to be hospitalized.

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com

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