Ashley Judd Just Shared an Inspiring Health Update after 5 Months of Horrific Leg Injury

The “Double Jeopardy” star and activist, Ashley Judd is walking again after a terrible injury that shattered her leg!

Ashley Judd visits the Congo twice every year, she is also a UN goodwill ambassador. She was involved in some bonobo conservation work with her husband, who runs a research camp studying endangered apes. Unfortunately, she got into an accident where she could have lost her leg. Luckily, with her sheer willpower and help from locals, she has finally recovered!

“Dear Friends, It is with reverence and quiet awe I offer this update. Today, five months and three weeks after the accident in the Congolese rainforest, I walked again, and in what fashion! I hiked in the #SwissNationalPark.”

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The brave actress takes her new leg in a very positive way,

She is a new leg. And I love her. We are buddies. We have come a long way and we have a fabulous life ahead, Just look at the last video for comparison, that was where I was just two months ago (always trying to be in nature, when I could barely walk!)

Acknowledging the love and prayers of her fans, she stated,

Many of you have been praying for me, and sending me notes. Thank you. I have felt you. I have especially been held by family and my partner. Peace be with you.

Wondering how she got into such an accident in the first place?

Well, at around 4:30 in the morning, Ashley was conducting some conservation work; it was a bit dark and she couldn’t see the fallen tree and tripped over it in the dark. She went into a powerful stride leading to a serious injury.

The locals took initial care of her for a staggering 55 hours, helping ease the pain Ashley was biting on a stick and screaming like a wild animal. She even went into “shock” and “passed out” multiple times. Unfortunately, there were no medicines available — not even a simple painkiller like ibrufen.

The research camp is around 2.5 miles from the nearest village in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve.

As per Ashley, she had almost lost her leg. Firstly, she was carried out of the jungle on a hammock. The locals reset her leg first and then carried her to the hospital on a 6-hour motorbike ride. She was then flown to South Africa where they hospitalized her.

The surgeons performed a process where rods and pins and screws were attached to her foot. Luckily, the doctors were able to treat her, but it will take her some time to recover completely.


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Ashley described the incident as being “at the edge of my very edge,” and has been sharing her recovery process on social media. At the moment she does need a walker but will hopefully completely recover.

Finally, upon reaching the United States, Ashley had another surgery which lasted for 8 hours to repair the bones, decompress the hemorrhaging nerve, and pick the shards of bones out of the nerve.”

She said,

I do understand I have been loved and helped enormously. I understand nights are a savage agony.

She also thanked her mother (Naomi Judd who was a singer) for being by her side, saying that she lives next door plus she was a nurse when she was young, so she will take care of her and will take the stitches out for her as well.


Mohid Moosani

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