Ashley Judd Updates Fans with Graphic Details About ‘Broken Leg Journey’

by Matthew Wilson

Ashley Judd has provided an update for fans about her accident. And let’s just say the actor doesn’t hold back on the excruciating details.

Judd recently broke her leg while on a trip to the Congo. After her fall, two travel companions held the bones in her leg together during a trip to the local hospital. In a social media post, Judd detailed the excruciating pain over the six-hour journey.

On Twitter, Judd wrote, “This is very kind, Karl. Thank you. Tears, here. But I think of Bijou. Part of my broken leg journey was 6 hours with 2 men on a bumpy motorbike on a dirt trail trying helplessly to hold bones together. But when Bijou was dying her motorbike to an inadequate clinic was 3 days.”

Ashley Judd Details Injury, Recovery

Judd recently went into more detail about her journey, which would make anyone hold their leg and wince. The actor attributed her accident to a headlamp. The device momentarily caused her to not be able to see her surroundings. As a result, Judd tripped and fell over a tree.

The impact of the fall shattered Judd’s leg. But the following wait proved to be the most excruciating. The actor lay on the forest floor, waiting for help and screaming in pain. The journey to get help proved to be an undertaking, one Judd didn’t know if she would survive. One of her travel companions tried to help while they waited for locals to transport her.

“With his leg under my badly misshapen leg, biting my stick. Howling like a wild animal,” Judd said. “An hour and a half in a hammock. Being carried out of the rainforest by my Congolese brothers, who were doing it barefoot, up and over hills, through the river.”

Judd was transported from the Congo’s capital of Kinshasa to South Africa, where she was treated for her injury. She had shattered her leg in four different places.

“In an ICU trauma unit in beautiful South Africa, which has taken me in from the Congo: a country I deeply love which is not, unfortunately, equipped to deal with massive catastrophic injuries like I have had,” Judd said. “I’m in a lot of love. I’m in a lot of compassion and I’m in a lot of gratitude,” the actress said earlier in the conversation. “I thank everyone for their thoughts and their prayers and their support.”