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Ashley Judd Shatters Her Leg In Freak Accident During Her Trip To Africa

Ashley Judd Shatters Her Leg In Freak Accident During Her Trip To Africa

Ashley Judd is currently recooperating after an accident which shattered her leg to pieces in Africa.

The 52-year-old actress had been traveling the continent and when in the Congo she had
tripped over a fallen tree during an excursion in the country, which she didn’t see because of a faulty head lamp.

Ashley opened up about the accident and the differences in privilege in an interview with New York TimesNicholas Kristof over Instagram. She was speaking from her bed in an ICU Trauma Unit in South Africa.

She spoke about the Congo which she has a deep love for, but “is not, unfortunately, equipped to deal with massive catastrophic injuries like I have had, and the difference between a Congolese person and me is disaster insurance that allowed me 55 hours after my accident to get to an operating table in South Africa.

Ashley went into detail about her accident, revealing that she “started with five hours of lying on the forest floor” with one of her colleagues until she was able to be evacuated.

“With his leg under my badly misshapen leg, biting my stick,” she added. “Howling like a wild animal.”

Ashley then had her bones reset, before she described “going into shock” and “passing out” due to the pain.

Ashley also said that a group of Congolese brothers had to carry her in a hammock, through the rainforest to make it back to their camp. From there, she was taken by motorcycle for six hours to get to her next destination, with one person driving and one behind her holding her up.

“I’m in a lot of love. I’m in a lot of compassion and I’m in a lot of gratitude,” she says. “I thank everyone for their thoughts and their prayers and their support.”

Ashley was in the news last year, as she was named as one of the silence breakers in the lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. See what happened here…

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