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Ashley Judd 'Drowning in Trauma' After Shattering Her Leg in Congo

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Actor and Changemaker Award recipient Ashley Judd attends the Changemaker Gala at L'Escale Restaurant during the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival on May 31, 2018 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Greenwich Film Festival)

By    |   Monday, 08 March 2021 12:06 PM

Ashley Judd is trying to work through the trauma of her "catastrophic" accident that almost caused her to lose a leg.

The 52-year-old actress shattered her leg last month after she tripped over a fallen tree in the Congo. She had to be hospitalized, but it took over two days for her to reach safety. Judd got candid about her recovery in a new health update shared on social media.

"I do not understand why what has happened has happened," she captioned a series of images shared to Instagram on Saturday. In one photo, Judd's friend, Moyra Mulholland Botta, is hugging her. In another, her sister, Wynonna Judd, is washing her hair.

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

Judd went on to thank the doctors and staff at Skyline Hospital who assisted her in the days following her rescue. The "Divergent" star further expressed gratitude towards her friends and family members who have been caring for her in recent days.

"Now, I am in the bosom of a stream of friends and family, too numerous to mention, who have caught me in their soft arms from this precipitous fall," she wrote. "They do for me what I cannot do for myself - prepare meals, shampoo my hair, and they also offer the deep spiritual direction and consolation of trying to begin to craft an arc of meaning and purpose."

Looking ahead, Judd said she was determined to make a full recovery.

"I am only at beginning and the combination of drowning in trauma and addressing the physical body is a lot," she wrote. "Yet you have done it, and so will I."

Judd broke her leg in four places and suffered nerve damage when she fell while walking in the Congo forest. She later highlighted the men and women who were responsible for bringing her to safety in an Instagram post.

"Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg," she wrote. The actress recounted the 55-hour rescue in detail and thanked those who helped her to survive.

"They blessed me," she concluded her post.

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Ashley Judd is trying to work through the trauma of her "catastrophic" accident that almost caused her to lose a leg. The 52-year-old actress shattered her leg last month after she tripped over a fallen tree in the Congo. She had to be...
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