Ashley Judd reveals her leg had 'no pulse' & 'desperately needed a blood transfusion' after 55 hour rescue in Congo

Ashley Judd reveals her leg had 'no pulse' & 'desperately needed a blood transfusion' after 55 hour rescue in Congo

ASHLEY Judd revealed her leg had "no pulse" and "desperately needed a blood transfusion" after a 55-hour rescue in Congo.

The actress revealed she almost lost her leg after a terrible fall in the Congo rainforest.



Ashley, 52, took to social media on Tuesday to share more of her nightmare and sow gratitude for those who helped her.

Along with a series of pictures of the hospital nurses, videos of her trying to walk after surgery, and a snap of her dad, she shared a lengthy message:"Dear Friends, Ubuntu. I am because we are.

"I want to give my deepest and most vulnerable thanks to Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, for making split-second decisions upon my arrival. I arrived to them from DRC in terrible shape and my leg had no pulse," she revealed.

"I desperately needed a blood transfusion. Their sisters (nurses) are exemplary, technically top-notch, and they cared for the trauma in my body as well as my soul with equal proficiency.

"Pictured here, once I was stable, is carefree laughter and mirth.  



"Dr Greef, pictured, was super at stabilizing my leg with the external fixator until the massive soft tissue damage and swelling went down so that I could have the Big Operation.

"What he did was significant and I am forever in his debt.  It must be noted I was being cared for during the Covid B.1.351 strain that is plaguing RSA. Sunninghill is world-class and a wonder. Thank you to my trauma surgeon, anesthesiologist, head of nursing, hospital management – everyone," she continued to detail.   

"My beloved Dad, who had gotten the text no parent ever wants: 'emergency, can’t answer questions, please come now,' had indeed, because he is vaccinated, been able to come to South Africa.

"He has been my rock, companion, resource, helped me listen to so many doctors, critical support system, and kind, loving presence as I have wept and wept.

"We then made the 22 hour – 4 flights – to America thanks to unbelievably efficient disaster travel insurance on an Air Ambulance."

The actress continued to recount: "In an American hospital, I had to continue to wait for the tissue damage and swelling to reduce.

"Eventually I was qualified to have the 8-hour surgery to repair the bones, decompress the hemorrhaging nerve and pick the shards of bones out of the nerve. I am now recovering from surgery."

She concluded her lenghty post, saying: "I’m very thankful to all of the experts, including that expert pictured, my Pop, who is rubbing my foot to remind my foot while it still cannot move that it is connected to my body. I am up and around already.

"Thank you for your care and kind words.  Let us always remember those without insurance.  Let us remember those who do not have choices. Let us remember those who are lonely and afraid."



In the past few days, the Divergent actress has been sharing pictures and details after she suffered a terrible fall where she broke her leg in four places.

In an interview with The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof on Instagram Live, the actress revealed that she is "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."

She added: "And the difference between a Congolese person and me is disaster insurance that allowed me 55 hours after my accident to get to an operating table in South Africa."

Ashley opened up about the brutal details of the accident, which she explained occurred after she tripped over a fallen tree, which led to her breaking her leg.




The next 55 hours were "incredibly harrowing," according to Ashley, who revealed that it "started with five hours of lying on the forest floor" with one of her colleagues until she was able to be taken on a long journey towards medical attention.

She recalled: "With [my colleagues' leg] under my badly misshapen leg, biting my stick… howling like a wild animal."

Things got more traumatic for the star, who said she "nearly lost her leg" as someone was able to reset her bones five hours later.

Ashley was "going into shock" and "passing out" due to the pain through it all.

Eventually, Ashley was taken via motorcycle to "a hut" where she spent the night before hopping on a plane to Kinshasa and finally to South Africa to be treated in an ICU.

The hope is that Ashley, who suffered massive soft tissue damage, will soon be able to walk again as she explained: "Right now, my right foot is lame.

"It's going to take some time for that nerve to heal. And there's going to be intensive physical therapy.

"Of course, I will walk again because I'm determined and I believe in modern science and I also believe in miracles. But there's no really a time frame for [recovery]. I have a journey ahead of me."

In a series of shocking pics, Ashley revealed that she had internal bleeding and nerve damage caused by the fall.

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