Naomi Judd Shares Harrowing Details on Daughter Ashley Judd’s Injury

by Josh Lanier

Ashley Judd has returned to the United States after she said she was nearly killed in a fall last month. The Hollywood star was on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to learn more about bonobos.

“She’s very courageous, and she’s healing,” mom Naomi Judd said on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” according to People. “It’s really hard to see her like this. She lives next door, so I’m going to go up and take her stitches out when we’re done because I used to be a nurse before I became a singer.”

Naomi Judd, who became a world-famous singer, was originally a nurse at a Kentucky hospital. She joked recently that she went back into medicine to help her daughter. Ashley Judd and her sister Wynona Judd live on opposite sites of their mother, she said.

Getting Ashley out of the jungle, to a hospital in Africa that could stabilize her severely broken leg took 55 hours. Then, the trip back home took 20 hours, Naomi Judd said.

Naomi Judd discussed her daughter’s condition on TODAY Monday. She was there to promote her upcoming four-part Lifetime series called Ruby. The first episode airs Saturday, March 20, Pearl in the Mist is on March 21. The last two films — All That Glitters and Hidden Jewel — will air on March 27 and March 28.

Naomi Judd Isn’t Only Family Member Helping Out

Since returning to the United States, Ashley Judd has had to lean on the kindness of her friends and family. She can’t do many daily tasks because her leg is in such a precarious position. And they’ve been happy to help.

According to a report by Page Six, Ashley reached out to big sister Wynonna Judd to ask for help.

“I was looking up how to wash hair for someone who’s lying down in bed because (Ashley) texted me, ‘Can you wash my hair?’” Wynonna said.

Wynonna said she and her mom have taken it upon themselves to be there for Ashley anytime she needs someone.

“Therein lies the job of a big sister right there,” Wynonna reportedly said. “(Ashley) said, ‘I have a request. Can you wash my hair?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ so I’m looking up ways to wash someone’s hair lying down.”

Ashley Judd has attempted to keep a positive attitude through what must be an agonizing ordeal. She posts photos of her doctors and nurses to thank them. She also continues to use her update posts to raise awareness of poverty and other social issues in Africa.

“If I understand, things are just as they are. If I do not understand, things are just as they are. -Zen Proverb,” she recently posted on Instagram. “I do not understand why what has happened has happened. I do understand I have been loved and helped enormously.”