Ashley Judd Reveals Photos Being Carried Through Jungle During ‘Grueling’ Broken Leg Journey

by Halle Ames

In a recent Instagram post, actress Ashley Judd reveals her near-death experience when she broke her leg while in the jungle.

The photos posted this morning shows two men carrying Ashley Judd as she lays in a hammock that is tied to a log. The other images show Judd along her long, grueling journey.

Ashley Judd Thanks Those that Saved Her life

Judd accompanies the post with a lengthy caption thanking the “brothers and sisters” that saved her life.

“Friends. Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg. I wake up weeping in gratitude, deeply moved by each person who contributed something life-giving and spirit salving during my grueling 55-hour odyssey. Here are some of their stories.”

Ashley Judd first highlights as the man named Dieumerci. He is the one she credits with saving her leg due to his patience. She explains that her left leg was broken in four places.

“Dieumerci stretched out his leg and put it under my grossly misshapen left leg to try to keep it still. It was broken in four places and had nerve damage. Dieumerci (“Thanks be to God”) remained seated, without fidgeting or flinching, for 5 hours on the rain forest floor. He was with me in my primal pain. He was my witness.”

The 52-year-old actress next takes the time to thank Papa Jean for his efforts. Ashley Judd said he adjusted her leg twice so she could be moved. She states that Papa Jean saved her life.

“Papa Jean: it took 5 hours, but eventually he found me, wretched and wild on the ground, and calmly assessed my broken leg. He told me what he had to do. I bit a stick. I held onto Maud. And Papa Jean, with certainty, began to manipulate and adjust my broken bones back into something like a position I could be transported in while I screamed and writhed. How he did that so methodically while I was like an animal is beyond me. He saved me. & he had to do this twice!”


Ashley Judd calls the six men that carried her for hours across the jungle “heroes.”

“The six men who carefully moved me into the hammock with as little jostling as possible, who then walked for 3 hours over rough terrain carrying me out. Heroes.”

The actress continues her grueling story. Ashley Judd goes on to thank the men that drove the motorbike for six hours while holding up her legs and making sure she didn’t pass out.

“Didier and Maradona: Didier drove the motorbike. I sat facing backwards, his back my backrest. When I would begin to slump, to pass out, he would call to me to re-set my position to lean on him. Maradona rode on the very back of the motorbike. I faced him. He held my broken leg under the heel, and I held the shattered top part together with my two hands. Together we did this for 6 hours on an irregular, rutted, and pocked dirt road that has gullies for rain runoff during the rainy season.”

Relationship with Maradona

She goes into further detail about Maradona and the progression of their relationship along the journey.

“Maradona was the only person to come forward to volunteer for this task. We have a nice friendship, discussing the pros and cons of polygamy and monogamy. I show two pictures, one in his hat and one in mine, which he dearly covets!

Ashley Judd finished the story by expressing her appreciation for the women she calls “sisters” who cared for her.

“The women! My sisters who held me. They blessed me.”

The whole experience sounds both excruciatingly painful as well as a never-ending process that Ashley Judd was lucky to escape, thanks to the extensive efforts of the men and women of Congo.