Ashley Judd has opened up about having an accident in the Congo which left her in intensive care after ‘shattering’ her leg.
The actress, 52, had been in the Congo doing conservation work looking after bonobos in the wild.
Speaking to the New York Times’ Nick Kristof on Instagram Live, Ashley revealed: ‘I am 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: ‘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 also added that she was privileged as many people in the Congo did not have access to ‘a simple pill to kill the pain when you’ve shattered a leg in four places and have nerve damage.’
The Divergent star had broken her leg when she found it hard to see due to a faulty headlamp and had fallen over a tree during one of her excursions.
She admitted the following 55 hours before she was operated on were ‘incredibly harrowing’ and said she had had to lie on the ‘forest floor’ for five hours before she was able to be evacuated and was ‘howling like a wild animal’ and biting a stick to cope with the agony.
In order to get her out and back to camp, she 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’.
Ashley then had to take a six-hour motorcycle journey with someone holding her up, before spending the night ‘in a hut’ before being flown to the capital of Kinshasa for 24 hours and then to South Africa to be treated in intensive care.
She revealed on Instagram that the ‘catastrophic accident’ meant she almost lost her leg in the ordeal, but thanked fans for their well-wishes from hospital.