Ashley Judd Says She’s ‘Drowning in Trauma’ as She Works to Physically Recover from Accident

Ashley Judd had to be airlifted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to South Africa in a 55-hour rescue to save her leg that was shattered in an accident

By Naledi Ushe – for People.com – Feb 2021

My cmnt: No doubt this was a harrowing experience and would be for anyone. But stupid liberals wanting to commune with nature often put themselves in dangerous positions and then rely on modern everything (high tech, polluting factories that produce their communication devices, internal combustion engines that power vehicles, trucks, planes and ships) to rescue them once nature turns on them. And not one of them wants to permanently live in a cabin in the woods or a hut in the jungle with no plumbing, electricity, cell towers, clean fresh hot and cold water, washing machines, showers, toilets, police to protect them from the rape cultures they pretend to love, etc.

My cmnt: Ashley, like all Liberals, wants to have her cake (vegetarianism and return-to-nature environmentalism) and eat it too (have gas-guzzling airplanes, world-class medical care and high-tech surgery save her sorry ass) when her leg freakishly breaks over stumbling over a fallen tree. Basketball great Bill Walton had the same trouble with mysterious bone fractures in his feet while he was in his hippy-dippy-vegetarian state and until he wised up and returned to meat. Female vegetarians notably need all kinds of food supplements and vitamins (especially calcium to avoid bone degeneration) to maintain a healthy body, all things not readily available on a natural, vegan diet.

My cmnt: Liberals love to champion Leftist causes (i.e., BLM, Antifa, communism, socialism, radical environmentalism, sexual immorality, tribalism, etc.) while they are protected from the results of these movements living as they do in gated, guarded, exclusive, wealthy, safe compounds and mansions. They are the first to cry, ‘Defund the police and the military’, and the first to call 911 when the criminality they have unleashed falls on their heads.

My cmnt: Why was she flown to South Africa? The country liberals hated more than America. Was it because the Dutch left it with a first world, superior infrastructure that most of Africa can only dream about?

Ashley Judd expressed her gratitude to friends and family as she recovers from her harrowing accident.

The Double Jeopardy actress, 52, who shattered her leg in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month gave an update on her physical and mental health in a candid Instagram post on Saturday.

“I do not understand why what has happened has happened. I do understand I have been loved and helped enormously. I understand nights are a savage agony,” Judd began.

The star went on to thank her physicians Dr Phil Kregor, Dr. Todd A. Rubin and the Hughton Clinic “for seven hours of intensive, brilliant, inspired surgical work on my bones and nerve.” The Divergent star added, “It took stamina, focus, and humility to consult with some experts around the country, whom I also deeply thank (especially SMc).”

Judd also expressed gratitude to the staff at Skyline Hospital. “I loved the sweet spirit of the janitor who cleaned my room, my bright-spot-of-the-day-gal from nutrition, and always, my consummate and tender nurses,” she wrote.

The actress shared photos of her friend Moyra Mulholland Botta embracing her as well as an image of older sister Wynonna Judd washing her hair. 

“Now, I am in the bosom of a stream of friends and family, too numerous to mention, who have caught me in their prodigious arms from this precipitous fall. They do for me what I cannot do for myself – prepare meals, shampoo my hair, and they also offer the deep spiritual direction and consolation of trying to begin to craft an arc of meaning and purpose,” the actress said. “They also offer and meet my need for quiet. I am lost and they are my shepherd’s staff.”

Singer Wynonna, 56, recently told Page Six that she had to look up “how to wash hair for someone who’s lying down in bed” after her sister texted her, “Can you wash my hair?”

The country singer joked, “Therein lies the job of a big sister right there.”

Ashley Judd Shares Photos from Her ‘Grueling 55-Hour’ Rescue After Shattering Her Leg in the Congo

“Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg,” the actress wrote on her Instagram

nice x-ray. must of have taken that in the Congo?

Ashley Judd is giving thanks to those who helped her after she injured herself in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On Tuesday, the 52-year-old actress shared photos from the harrowing experience — in which she shattered her leg while out in the jungle and ended up in an intensive care unit — on her Instagram, showing her appreciation to the locals who took care of her while she was in pain and helped transport her to safety.

Judd next spent “an hour and a half in a hammock, being carried out of the rainforest by my Congolese brothers, who were doing it barefoot, up and over hills, through the river” to make it back to their camp.

She then rode on a motorcycle for six hours to get to her next destination, with one person driving and one behind her holding her up, and recognizes her “privilege” in being able to pay someone for the ride.

Judd spent the night “in a hut” in the city of Jolu next, before being flown to the capital of Kinshasa to stay for 24 hours and then, eventually, down to South Africa to be treated in an ICU in that country.

“I’m in a lot of love. I’m in a lot of compassion and I’m in a lot of gratitude,” the actress said earlier in the conversation. “I thank everyone for their thoughts and their prayers and their support.”

“Friends. Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg,” she wrote in the caption, alongside photos and videos of her rescue. “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.”

According to Judd, one of the locals who helped her a man named Dieumerci, who “stretched out his leg and put it under my grossly misshapen left leg to try to keep it still.”

“It was broken in four places and had nerve damage,” she recalled of her leg. “Dieumerci (‘Thanks be to God’) remained seated, without fidgeting or flinching, for 5 hours on the rain forest floor. He was with me in my primal pain. He was my witness.”

Judd said another man named Papa Jean eventually found the pair following a five-hour search. By then, according to the actress, she was “wretched and wild on the ground” while Papa Jean examined her broken leg.

“He told me what he had to do. I bit a stick. I held onto Maud,” Judd wrote. “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.”

“How he did that so methodically while I was like an animal is beyond me,” she continued. “He saved me. & he had to do this twice!”

Judd said six men then carried her out on an improvised hammock, walking “for 3 hours over rough terrain” to the nearest means of transportation.

From there, two men named Didier and Maradona rode with Judd on a motorbike for six hours.

“Didier and Maradona: Didier drove the motorbike. I sat facing backwards, his back my backrest,” she recalled. “When I would begin to slump, to pass out, he would call to me to re-set my position to lean on him.”

“Maradona rode on the very back of the motorbike, i faced him. He held my broken leg under the heel and I held the shattered top part together with my two hands,” Judd wrote. “Together we did this for 6 hours on an irregular, rutted and pocked dirt road that has gullies for rain run off during the rainy season. Maradona was the only person to come forward to volunteer for this task.”

In her Instagram post, which also included photos of the Judd also showed her appreciation for the women who “held” her while she was in agony.

“The women! My sisters who held me. They blessed me,” Judd captioned the photos.

Speaking from her hospital bed with The New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof for an Instagram Live session last week, Judd said 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.”

Ashley Judd is leaning on family as her recovery from shattering her leg in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues.

The Double Jeopardy actress, 52, has been in a leg cast for nearly a month and needs some assistance with one of her daily activities, according to her older sister Wynonna Judd.

Wynonna, 56, told Page Six she had to look up “how to wash hair for someone who’s lying down in bed” after the actress texted her, “Can you wash my hair?”

The country singer joked, “Therein lies the job of a big sister right there.”

“She said, ‘I have a request. Can you wash my hair?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ so I’m looking up ways to wash someone’s hair lying down,” Wynonna recalled.

The “Is It Over Yet” singer added that she had seen Ashley for the first time since the accident “the other day,” calling her sister’s recovery “a miracle.”

Ashley Judd ‘Had No Pulse’ in Her Shattered Leg After 55-Hour Rescue in the Congo

The actress, who needed a blood transfusion, was airlifted to South Africa, said the nurses there “cared for the trauma in my body as well as my soul with equal proficiency”

By Julie Mazziotta February 23, 2021 11:39 AM

The “grueling 55-hour” rescue Ashley Judd experienced after shattering her leg was just the start of her lengthy recovery process.

After the 52-year-old actress made it out of the jungle in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where she had tripped over a fallen tree during a visit to see the endangered bonobos monkeys, she was flown to Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa for surgery.

“I arrived to them from DRC in terrible shape and my leg had no pulse,” Judd wrote. “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.”

Judd said the staff had to make “split second decisions upon my arrival” to figure out how to care for her significant injury. Her surgeon, Dr. Eugene Greeff, “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,” she said, adding that this all happened as South African hospitals were dealing with the COVID B.1.351 strain, a new, faster-spreading variant of COVID-19 that has worried health experts worldwide.

The Double Jeopardy star said that her father, Michael Ciminella, has already received his COVID-19 vaccine and was able to fly out to Johannesburg after she sent “the text no parent ever wants: ’emergency, can’t answer questions, please come now.’ ” Once she was able, Judd and her dad made a 22-hour journey, consisting of four different flights, back to the U.S. “thanks to unbelievably efficient disaster travel insurance on an Air Ambulance.”

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.

“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.”

My cmnt: In December 1999, Judd became engaged to Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti, who was driving in CART. They married in December 2001 at Skibo Castle in Scotland.[20][21] They had no children because Judd is an antinatalist: “It’s unconscionable to breed with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries.”[21] They divorced in 2013.[22] from Wikipedia – What a perfectly ignorant and stupid belief to hold. All of the first-world democracies of the West and Japan have negative birthrates. She had no children and has no husband so who is left to love and care for her in her time of great need? Only her aged father.

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