American actress and activist, Ashely Judd walks again, six months after the Congo accident. She went hiking this weekend through the Swiss National Park in eastern Switzerland as she continues to recover. She was amazed to be able to walk again after crushing her leg while on a trip in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Congo accident
In February, Judd was hospitalized after falling and sustaining serious injuries while walking through the forest. A frequent visitor to Congo, she was tracking an endangered great Apes species, the Bonobos. There she stumbled over a fallen tree that led to crushing her leg.
In a Live interview on Instagram with New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, she shared her Congo accident details. She remembered being on the ground for five hours, with a “severely injured broken leg”. Due to the unbearable pain, she was biting a tick and howling like a wild animal.
Judd was brought to a hospital in South Africa after 55 long hours from the rainforest of Congo. She has not been able to walk until now, with which she’s in quiet awe. To be able to walk again, six months after the Congo accident.
A major milestone on her road to recovery
On Sunday, Judd took to Instagram to share her happy news with her fans. She claims it to be a major milestone on her road to recovery.
While sharing her videos and pictures from the hike, she wrote “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. Stepping in, I felt in my ease, my natural garment of self, at home in my spirit. My leg and foot worked beautifully.”
She further wrote “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.”
Experience with her ‘new leg’
Ashely Judd, the 53-year-old actress went on to reveal her experience. She stated that she recently walked another alp in Ticino, Switzerland. As she continues to work on rebuilding her stamina.
She acknowledged that while her life will never be the same because of her leg. Her experience with her ‘new leg’, has grown her to embrace and love it. In her Instagram post, she shared, “We are buddies. We have come a long way and we have a fabulous life ahead.”