WATCH: Ashley Judd Walks for ‘First Time’ in Almost 6 Months Since Major Leg Injury at National Park

by Keeli Parkey
(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

A new social media post shows famous actress Ashley Judd doing something that seemed almost impossible earlier this year.

In a video she posted to her Instagram account, the 53-year-old is walking. And not only that, she is actually hiking in the beautiful Swiss National Park.

Almost six months ago, it was possible that Ashley Judd might never walk again. She was seriously injured during a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While in the African country, she visited the jungle to see bonobos monkeys. As she was walking along, she fell over a tree. The fall caused her to severely break one of her legs.

In an Instagram post she shared following her broken leg. She said that her injured “leg had no pulse.” She also said she arrived at a hospital in Johannessburg, South Africa, from the Democratic Republic of Congo “in terrible shape.” The journey to Johannessburg took 55 hours.

At the time, the daughter of Naomi Judd and sister of Wynonna Judd, expressed her gratitude to the people in Africa who helped her during her dire time of need.

“Friends. Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg,” Judd said.

Since her injury in February, Ashley Judd has endured surgery and hours of physical therapy in order to get back on her feet. All her pain and hard work have paid off. And she showcased her progress in the video below.

Ashley Judd Comments on Her Recovery from Serious Leg Injury

Along with the video she shared on Sunday, Aug. 1, of her enjoying her hike, Ashley Judd shared an update about her journey on the road to recovery.

“Dear friends, it is with reverence and quiet awe I offer this update. Today, five months and three weeks after the accident in the Congolese rainforest, I walked again, and in what fashion! I hiked in the #SwissNationalPark,” Judd wrote.

The actress also explained how she felt being outside experiencing nature.

“Stepping in, I felt in my ease, my natural garment of self, at home in my spirit. My leg and foot, worked beautifully. I walked uphill on uneven surfaces for an hour confidently and came down carefully and easily. I rested in a meadow on God’s fecund earth for hours,” Ashley Judd also shared.

Judd didn’t stop with her hike in Swiss National Park. She was back in nature the following day.

“The next day, I walked again on a high Alp in #Ticino, working hard and feeling how much I stamina I have to rebuild. This is the road ahead. But I am up to the daily tasks, as I am even carrying firewood into our Alpine hut!” Judd said.

The actress also detailed how doctors did not expect her to be able to move her foot for at least one year. As she did in February, Ashley Judd also expressed her gratitude to those who have helped her.

“Many of you have been praying for me, and sending me notes. Thank you. I have felt you. I have especially been held by family and my partner. Peace be with you,” she shared.