Ashley Judd shares harrowing details from accident in Congo
“Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would have likely killed me, and I would have lost my leg,” Judd composed. “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.”
Explaining her leg as “grossly misshapen” from being broken in 4 locations, she went on to thank those who assisted triage her injury and get her to security.
“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,” she composed. ” Papa Jean: it took 5 hours, but eventually he found me, wretched and wild on the ground, and calmly assessed my broken leg. He told me what he had to do. I bit a stick. I held onto Maud. 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.”
She likewise thanked the “six men who carefully moved me into the hammock with as little jostling as possible, who then walked for 3 hours over rough terrain carrying me out,” the 2 males who eventually drove her to security and the ladies who comforted her.
“Didier drove the motorbike. I sat facing backwards, his back my backrest. When I would begin to slump, to pass out, he would call to me to re-set my position to lean on him,” she composed. “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. 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.”
Judd informed reporter Nick Kristof over the weekend she remained in the Congo with her partner, who has a research study camp in the location, concentrated on efforts to safeguard the threatened Bonobos. She stated they check out the Congo frequently — about two times a year, typically for one month to 6 weeks at a time.
The mishap happened pre-dawn one early morning while she and some scientists were making their method through the tropical rain forest in the dark.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.