As Ashley Judd puts it, she’s lucky to be alive. She sustained a near-fatal injury in the rainforest. And now she thanks the Congolese people who saved her and helped restore a leg that was broken in four places. The actress has shared a number of images of the incident on Instagram, along with news of what exactly happened to her in Congo.
Friends. Without my Congolese siblings, my internal bleeding would likely have killed me, and I would have lost my leg. I wake up crying with gratitude, deeply moved by every person who has contributed something that gives life and will heal spiritually during my grueling 55 hour odyssey. “
Last week, Ashley Judd explained that during a visit to the rainforest she had tripped and hurt her leg. Immediate medical attention was required. The actress explained that she was recovering on an “ICU trauma unit in beautiful South Africa, which took me from Congo, a country I love very much and unfortunately is not equipped to deal with massive catastrophic injuries. to go as I did.
Now that four days have passed, Ashley tells Judd what exactly happened to her in Congo. And she shares the stories behind the Congolese people who helped save her life. The 52-year-old actress says this and calls her saviors.
Dieumerci stretched out his leg and put it under my severely deformed left leg to try to keep it still. It was broken in four places and had nerve damage. Dieumerci (“Thank God”) stayed put, without fidgeting or flinching, for 5 hours at the bottom of the rainforest. He was with me in my primal pain. He was my witness. “
“Papa Jean: It took 5 hours, but in the end he found me, miserable and wild on the ground, and calmly examined my broken leg. He told me what to do. I bit a stick. I held on to Maud. And Papa Jean began to manipulate my broken bones with certainty and put them back into something like a position that I could be transported in, as I screamed and squirmed, how he did that so methodically while I was like an animal is beyond me. He saved me. & He had to do this twice! “
She also tells more about the people who came to her aid.
“The six men who carefully pushed me into the hammock with as little hustle as possible, then walked over rough terrain for 3 hours and carried me. Heroes. Didier and Maradona: Didier drove the motorcycle. I sat with my face back, his back my back. As I started to slump, passed out, he called me to readjust my position to lean on him. “
“Maradona was riding all the way to the back of the bike, I looked at him. He held my broken leg under the heel and I held the shattered upper part together with my two hands. Together we did this for 6 hours on an irregular, grooved and pockmarked dirt road with gullies for rain run off during the rainy season. Maradona was the only one who came forward to volunteer for this task. ”
She ends the poignant story with these kind words about her new friends from the rainforest.
“We have a nice friendship, discussing the pros and cons of polygamy and monogamy. I show two pictures, one with his hat and one with mine, which he desires! The women! My sisters who held me. They blessed me. “
As for what Ashley Judd did in Congo to begin with? The actress had previously reported visiting the rainforest as part of a research group that had arrived to further study an endangered monkey known as bonobos. Ashley Judd is currently recovering from her injuries and will likely be offering another update on Instagram soon.