Actress Ashley Judd recalls close call with death after a horrific fall in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR), saying she almost died of ‘internal bleeding’. The 52 year old actress shared a post explaining she suffered a ‘shattered leg in four places’ plus ‘nerve damage’ that may have led to the requirement of amputation.
In photos she shared of the jungle rescue, Ashley is seen being carried by two men on a makeshift hammock. It follows a gruelling 55 hour rescue including a lengthy walk through the jungle before being transferred to an ICU in South Africa.
In a lengthy caption on Instagram, she wrote, “Friends. Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg. I wake up weeping in gratitude, deeply moved by each person who contributed something life giving and spirit salving during my grueling 55 hour odyssey.”
She thanked each and everyone involved in helping her, mostly a man she named as ‘Papa Jean,’ who was responsible for manipulating and adjusting her broken bones to make it possible for her to be transported safely.
“Papa Jean: it took 5 hours, but eventually he found me, wretched and wild on the ground, and calmly assessed my broken leg,” she wrote. “He told me what he had to do. I bit a stick. I held onto Maud.”
“And Papa Jean, with certainty began to manipulate and adjust my broken bones back into something like a position I could be transported in, while I screamed and writhed,” she continued.
“How he did that so methodically while I was like an animal is beyond me. He saved me. & he had to do this twice! The six men who carefully moved me into the hammock with as little jostling as possible, who then walked for 3 hours over rough terrain carrying me out. Heroes.”