Ashley Judd Reveals She’s Walking Again After Congo Accident

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Ashley Judd is walking again after shattering her leg in an accident in the Congo nearly six months ago.

The actress and activist went hiking through the Swiss National Park in eastern Switzerland this weekend, going slowly as she continues working on her recovery.

“Dear Friends, It is with reverence and quiet awe I offer this update,” she captioned a video from her hike via IG. “Today, five months and three weeks after the accident in the Congolese rainforest, I walked again, and in what fashion!  I hiked in the #SwissNationalPark. 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. I rested in a meadow on God’s fecund earth for hours.”

Judd was walking in a Congo rainforest in February when she tripped over a fallen tree, shattering her leg. Judd, a frequent visitor to Congo, was doing work to track the Bonobos, an endangered great apes species.

The sister of Wynona Judd and daughter of Naomi Judd also revealed how doctors didn’t expect her to be able to move her foot again so soon.

Read her emotional post in full below.

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"Dear Friends, It is with reverence and quiet awe I offer this update. Today, five months and three weeks after the accident in the Congolese rainforest, I walked again, and in what fashion! I hiked in the #SwissNationalPark," she shared alongside photos and videos from her big moment. 

"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. I rested in a meadow on God’s fecund earth for hours. The next day, I walked again on a high Alp in #Ticino, working hard and feeling how much I stamina I have to rebuild," she continued. "This is the road ahead. But I am up to the daily tasks, as I am even carrying firewood into our Alpine hut!"

Judd was hospitalized in February after she fell while researching the Bonobos, a unique species of ape, in the Congo region of Africa. The accident shattered Judd's leg, and after a 55-hour rescue, which involved six men carrying her to safety, she was transported to a hospital in South Africa. When Judd made it back to the U.S., she underwent an eight-hour surgery to repair her leg.

"I have so many people to thank for helping to make my recovery possible," she wrote on Sunday. "Many I have previously acknowledged, such as Dr Phil Kregor, the trauma orthopedic surgeon. He, in consultation with of Dr Susan Mackinnon & Dr Scott Levin, made a very gutsy decision to decompress my deeply damaged peroneal nerve. The video of my foot moving is unheard of. We expected my foot - if ever - to *begin* to move in one year. In four months to the day, she went blew us all away. Now, after crying while trying to spell the ABCs with a paralyzed foot….well, you see!" 

As Judd noted, her leg "will never be the same." "She is a new leg. And I love her. We are buddies. We have a come a long way and we have a fabulous life ahead," she wrote. 

"From an eight hour surgery (thank you Dr Nathan Belt, with your #UK scrubs for the safe anesthesia) to grueling and essential physical therapy with @kim.oneil5, to Osteopathy with while managing - yes, unbelievably - some @acroyoga (that picture was before I could walk) with @almuthkramer, I have been loved and understood and helped in my healing. Just look at the last video for comparison, that was where I was just two months ago (always trying to be in nature, when I could barely walk!)," the actress shared. "Many of you have been praying for me, and sending me notes. Thank you. I have felt you. I have especially been held by family and my partner. Peace be with you." 

In a March interview with ET, Judd's mother, Naomi, said she was "scared to death" over her daughter's accident. 

"Ashley is a total survivor, she's gonna be great... but it's a long healing process," she admitted. 

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Although Judd said that she still has a lot of "stamina I have to rebuild," she's looking forward to "the road ahead."

Back in February, Judd broke her leg and suffered severe nerve damage after tripping over a fallen tree while researching the Bonobos, an endangered ape species, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The star then underwent an eight-hour surgery at a hospital in South Africa after she was transported by six men in a 55-hour rescue.

As her Sunday post continued, Judd shared that she has "so many people to thank for helping to make my recovery possible."

One huge milestone came when she became able to start moving her foot — which happened on a much quicker timeline than anybody expected.

"We expected my foot - if ever - to *begin* to move in one year," she wrote, calling her rapid process "unheard of."

"In four months to the day, she went [and] blew us all away. Now, after crying while trying to spell the ABCs with a paralyzed foot….well, you see!" Judd added. "My leg will never be the same. She is a new leg. And I love her. We are buddies. We have a come a long way and we have a fabulous life ahead."

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