Ashley Judd Nearly Loses Leg After Injury in the Congo, Took 55 Hours to Get to Hospital

Once in an American hospital, Judd said, “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.”

Judd, who said she is “now up and around,” thanked everyone who helped her through this part of her journey — from the “exemplary” nurses in Johannesburg, to Greeff, to the hospital management and to her father.

 

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“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,” she said of her dad, who is in one of the pictures she shared. “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.”

“Let us always remember those without insurance,” Judd said. “Let us remember those who do not have choices. Let us remember those who are lonely and afraid.”

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