Ashley Judd Gives Harrowing Details of Leg-Shattering Injury: ‘No Pulse’

by Keeli Parkey

Ashley Judd is lucky to still be alive – and to have both of her legs. These are facts that she knows all too well after suffering a leg-shattering injury in Africa during early February.

According to an article by the Daily Mail, the 52-year-old actress has shared another update about her ongoing recovery from a very serious leg injury. She suffered the injury while on a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While she was in the jungle viewing bonobos monkeys, she fell over a tree and severely broke her leg.

Following the injury, Ashley Judd was taken to Johannessburg, South Africa. It reportedly took 55 hours for her to get to the Sunninghill Hospital there. On Monday, Judd took to her Instagram page to talk about the events surrounding her treatment following her injury, according to the Daily Mail.

“I arrived to them from (Democratic Republic of Congo) in terrible shape and my leg had no pulse,” Judd reportedly posted to Instagram on Feb. 22. Along with the comment, she shared images of the medical professional who cared for her.

Judd also added the following statement: “I desperately needed a blood transfusion. Their sisters (nurses) are exemplary, technically top notch, and they cared for the trauma in my body as well as my soul with equal proficiency.”

Once in the hospital, Ashley Judd was treated by surgeon Dr. Eugene Greeff, according to the article. Judd praised Dr. Greeff for his work on her leg. She said he “was super at stabilizing my leg with the external fixator.” This reportedly kept her leg stable “until the massive soft tissue damage and swelling went down.” Once that happened, she could have surgery.

“What he did was significant and I am forever in his debt,” Judd also said.

Ashley Judd Flown Back to United States After Injury

Following her injury, Ashley Judd’s father, Michael Ciminella, traveled to South Africa to support his daughter. He then accompanied her back to the United States.

According to the Daily Mail, Judd and her father had to take four flights to travel from Africa to the United States. The trip reportedly took 22 hours.

Even though she was back on home soil, Ashley Judd still had – and has – a lot of healing to do. Upon her arrival, she still had to wait before doctors could perform another surgery on her wounded leg.

“I had to continue to wait for the tissue damage and swelling to reduce,” Judd reportedly posted. “Eventually I was qualified to have the eight-hour surgery to repair the bones, decompress the hemorrhaging nerve and pick the shards of bones out of the nerve. I am now recovering from surgery.”

Thanks to the medical professionals on two continents who helped her, Ashley Judd is on her road to recovery. She has said that she is very grateful to all of them for their help.

For example, she posted the following on her Instagram page: “Friends. Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg.”