Naomi Judd Says Daughter Ashley Judd ‘Can’t Get Out of Bed’ After Leg-Shattering Accident

by Josh Lanier
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Ashley Judd remains bedridden after suffering a debilitating injury in Africa last month. Naomi Judd added that the damage to her daughter’s leg was so severe she “could’ve died” if she hadn’t gotten to treatment.

“It was very serious — she could’ve died,” told Kelly Clarkson “She’s surviving. She’s very courageous. She can’t get out of bed [yet].”

Judd was on The Kelly Clarkson Show when the host wanted to know how Ashley Judd was recuperating. Ashley lives near to her mom and half-sister, Wynonna, who have helped take care of her, Naomi said. The former nurse told Clarkson she planned to remove Ashley’s stitches on Friday.

Naomi Judd 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.

Since returning to the United States, Ashley Judd leans on the kindness of her friends and family. She broke four bones in one of her legs and suffered severe nerve damage in a fall in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last month.

According to a report by Page Six, Ashley also reached out to big sister Wynonna Judd for help. She wanted someone to wash her hair, but Ashley Judd can’t stand up.

“Therein lies the job of a big sister right there,” Wynonna added. “(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 Thankful for Caregivers, Rescuers

Judd was on a trip to view endangered bonobos when she fell last month. Extricating her from the jungle floor to a nearby village then to a hospital where she was taken by helicopter to another hospital took 55 hours. Each moment was agony, she said, and she has been grateful for the men and women who saved her life.

She has been updating fans on the ordeal on her Instagram page. She’s also used the extra attention to discuss poverty and endangered animals on the social media site as well.

“Now, I am in the bosom of a stream of friends and family, too numerous to mention, who have caught me in their prodigious arms from this precipitous fall. They do for me what I cannot do for myself — prepare meals, shampoo my hair, and they also offer the deep spiritual direction and consolation of trying to begin to craft an arc of meaning and purpose. They also offer and meet my need for quiet. I am lost and they are my shepherd’s staff. … Thank you, all here and everywhere, for the goodwill, and may we ever be mindful of the needs of others.”

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