Ashley Judd says ‘nights are a savage agony’ as she recovers from damaged leg after Congo rainforest fall

Ashley Judd says she has been

Ashley Judd says she has been “loved and helped enormously” within the wake of her accident within the Congo. (Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

In the wake of Ashley Judd‘s “catastrophic accident” in Congo, throughout which she nearly misplaced her leg, the actress considers herself fortunate.

“I do not understand why what has happened has happened,” the 52-year-old United Nations Goodwill Ambassador wrote on Instagram Saturday, sharing a slideshow of pictures. “I do understand I have been loved and helped enormously. I understand nights are a savage agony.” Judd thanked medical professionals “for seven hours of intensive, brilliant, inspired surgical work on my bones and nerve” including, “It took stamina, focus, and humility to consult with some experts around the country, whom I also deeply thank…I loved the sweet spirit of the janitor who cleaned my room, my bright-spot-of-the-day-gal from nutrition, and always, my bright and tender nurses.”

Last month, Judd “tripped over a fallen tree” at 4:30 a.m. in Democratic Republic of the Congo whereas doing conservation work for bonobos, an endangered primate. The Divergent star, who’s the sister of nation singers Wynonna Judd, 56, and Naomi Judd, 75, broke her leg in a number of locations and suffered nerve injury.

Ashley later advised journalist Nicholas Kristof that she skilled an “incredibly harrowing 55 hours,” first stranded on the bottom whereas “howling like a wild animal” from ache, for which she needed to chew a stick in lieu of treatment. She additionally went into shock and fainted whereas ready for assist. “Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg,” she mentioned in a Feb. 16 Instagram put up. Ashley will now want “extensive physical therapy.”

In her Saturday put up, Ashley wrote, “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.”

She added, “They also offer and meet my need for quiet. I am lost and they are my shepherd’s staff. To all who have gone before me and walk beside me with physical therapy, I had no idea. Thank you. I am only at beginning and the combination of drowning in trauma and addressing the physical body is a lot. Yet you have done it, and so will I.”

A couple of weeks in the past, Ashley traveled again to the United States and underwent an eight-hour surgical procedure to “repair the bones, decompress the hemorrhaging nerve and pick the shards of bones out of the nerve.” She is utilizing a walker in the meanwhile.

This week, Wynonna advised Page Six that Ashley had one request of her sister. “I was looking up how to wash hair for someone who’s lying down in bed because she texted me, ‘Can you wash my hair?’” she advised the outlet. “Therein lies the job of a giant sister proper there.”

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