Ashley Judd is walking again nearly six months after suffering a severe leg injury while on a conservation mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Hollywood star, who had been studying the endangered bonobos at the time, tripped over a fallen tree and shattered her leg in four places. It took 55 hours to transport her from the remote rainforest to an Intensive Care Unit in South Africa.
“Dear Friends, it is with reverence and quiet awe I offer this update,” Ashley posted on Instagram today, sharing a video of herself hiking through a national park in Switzerland.
“Today, five months and three weeks after the accident in the Congolese rainforest, I walked again, and in what fashion! I hiked in the Swiss National Park. Stepping in, I felt in my ease, my natural garment of self, at home in my spirit. My leg and foot worked beautifully. I walked up hill on uneven surfaces for an hour confidently and came down carefully and easily.”
She adds that doctors hadn’t expected her to be able to move her foot again so soon.
“We expected my foot – if ever – to begin to move in one year. In four months to the day, she went and blew us all away.”
Ashely admits despite how far she’s come and her ongoing recovery, her leg will never be the same:
“She is a new leg. And I love her. We are buddies. We have come a long way and we have a fabulous life ahead.”
You can read her full update below:
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