Country singer Wynonna Judd opened up for the first time this week about her sudden transition from blissful newlywed to devoted caretaker after her husband's near-fatal 2012 motorcycle accident.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, Judd, 49, described in graphic detail the day her husband, Michael "Cactus" Moser, lost his leg after his bike slammed into a car in the oncoming lane in August 2012 — just two months after they got married.
"[It was] the best day… 70 degrees, beautiful sky, we have a gig that night… loving each other and a Harley ride with friends and just this beautiful open space in South Dakota. Roads for miles. Wind in the hair, he's 10 feet in front of me and it went from that to the sound like a tornado that you never forget," she said.
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"I will never forget that smell nor that sound coming from two vehicles colliding, and me going on past him thinking, 'Is he alive or dead? I have no idea.' I dropped my bike and I run back and he's just lying there. I hear nothing. And then I heard the most beautiful sound on earth and that is him [breathing]. And I got on my belly and looked right in his eyes 'cause I knew if he closed his eyes that he would bleed out and that was it. I was 10 feet behind him when the accident happened and I saw the leg shatter and go all over the road."
Moser ultimately had to have his leg amputated just below the knee, and his new wife became his caretaker.
"You just feel so helpless. All you can do is hold [his] hand or tell [him] a story or just be there," Judd said. "I became his nurse, my glasses at the end of my nose, pushing saline up into the gaping wounds and wrapping them. I became a nurse like my mother. I went from wearing the cute newlywed clothes to wearing cotton that had crap all over it, hair in a ponytail, and rolling up my sleeves for the man I love. The bottom line is it makes [you] or breaks you. You realize that you're bonded in a life. When I said I do, I never dreamed I would go through as much as I did as soon as I did."
Judd, who is the older half-sister of actress Ashley Judd, also explained the whirlwind of emotions that surrounded the accident and recovery process.
"It made us so strong that I dare anyone to try and come between us. We are almost bulletproof at this point. If it ever does fall apart, it's because the two of us are not communicating. Nobody has come between us, not even our children," she said. "When they say 'your better half' I would say I was [his] 'other half.' I would literally stand in the shower and be [his] left side. For better or for worse; I was thinking for better or for worse like when we're 80 [years old]. I didn't expect it to be two months into our marriage."
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