Re: Broken ribs problems breathing
She can actually hold her breath for three minutes!? Look, any rib fracture is going to cause difficulty breathing, not so much because it affects the lungs, but because she has a broken bone and bruised muscles. They won't surgically repair rib fractures unless then have perforated an organ, like the lung or the heart, both which you would know immediately because she would be in shock or deceased.
However, if she really thinks that the rib fracture is causing her to stop breathing and not that she is being protective because of the pain, then she need to get it checked out. Three minutes appears to be a pretty long time for her to cease respirations. Crap, if this happened at the mall, she'd pass out and they'd initiate CPR. chris