Ashley Judd has opened up about her leg injury and many people on social media are wishing her a speedy recovery. Ellen DeGeneres, popular talk show host, has taken to Twitter to wish Judd a healthy recovery.
“Sending love to Ashley Judd. I love the work you’re doing and I’m praying for your recovery,” DeGeneres wrote.
Ashley Judd is known for her roles in movies like “Someone Like You,” “Divergent,” “High Crimes,” “A Time to Kill,” and “A Dog’s Way Home.” She has been acting since the early ’90s.
The incident happened while she was on a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to research bonobo apes. She was walking in the dark rainforest with only a faint headlamp on when she tripped over a fallen tree in her path.
Judd Shatters Leg
She shattered her leg and was treated at the ICU in South Africa. That wasn’t until she had to lay for hours in agonizing pain for help to arrive. She had 55 hours of pain as she was transported around, sometimes being carried or on a motorbike.
“I’m going into shock. I’m passing out… and all I can do is narrate and say, ‘The pain is really bad right now. My teeth are chattering … I think I’m gonna vomit. Can I have some water? The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.’ And I believe that God is with us in our suffering,” Judd said.
Judd said that for natives of the area, affording to get their leg fixed would have been out of the picture. However, she was lucky enough to save her leg.
While many people are wishing her a speedy recovery after Judd shared the news, her main goal is to open up a conversation about the increasing need for humanitarian efforts for the Congolese people.
“What it means to be Congolese in extreme poverty with no access to health care, any medication for pain, any type of service, or choices…Please join us and learn what it is like for much of the world – and how you can help. Bonobos matter. And so do the people in whose ancestral forest they range and the other 25,600,000 Congolese in need of humanitarian assistance,” Judd said, according to Deadline.
Ashley Judd Activism and Humanitarian Work
Although Ashley Judd began her career as an actor, now she spends a lot of time as an activist. She has traveled around the globe spreading the word on empowerment and equality as well as HIV, poverty, and women’s health.
As a humanitarian, Judd focuses on gender equality as well as reproductive rights for women. In 2016 she became the Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, the United Nations agency that works on sexual and reproductive health. She has also helped out in Jordan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Bangladesh.
Judd works with YouthAIDS to helps those impacted by illness and poverty. She is vocal about preventing poverty.
She helps organizations like International Center for Research on Women, Women for Women International, and Equality Now.
Ashley Judd is also a huge voice of the #MeToo movement. She shared her personal story regarding sexual assault. She was one of the very first women to publically accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. He is now serving a 23-year prison sentence.
Judd and Rose McGowan were the first well-known actresses to come forward. They led a conversation on the issue of sexual misconduct and harassment that they felt was being normalized in the entertainment industry especially. Judd was active for years before that as well to discuss abuse that happened during her childhood.