After Ashley Judd's serious accident when she broke her leg during a trip to a remote village in Congo, Africa, the actress has detailed what it was like to get out of that inhospitable place and thanked the locals who helped her, calling them “heroes ”.
From her Instagram account, the 52-year-old actress told what happened to her while she was in the hospital.
“ Friends. Without my Congolese brothers and sisters, my internal bleeding would probably have killed me and I would have lost my leg. I wake up crying with gratitude , deeply moved by each person who contributed something that gave life and salvation to my spirit during my exhausting 55-hour odyssey. These are some of their stories, "began his story.
explained that after the accident when he stepped on a log and broke his left leg into four parts , one of them named Dieumerci held it and remained seated, without moving for five hours on the ground. from the rainforest.
“He was with me in my primary pain. He was my witness. Papa Jean: It took him five hours, but he finally found me, miserable and wild on the ground , and calmly evaluated my broken leg. He told me what to do, ”he continued.
To get the bones back in a proper position for transfer, Judd had to bite down on a stick to hold back the pain as he screamed and twisted.
“(Papa Jean) He saved me. And he had to do this twice! The six men who moved me carefully in the hammock with the least possible push, walked for three hours through rough terrain to get me out of there, ”she explained.
Two more volunteers named Maradona and Didier, moved her for six hours in motorcycle on rough terrain, full of ravines and with constant rains.
“Heroes. Didier and Maradona: Didier was driving the motorcycle. I sat looking back, his back, my back. When I began to sink, to faint, he called me to reestablish my position and to lean on him.
“Maradona was on the back of the bike, I hugged him to help me support my leg by the heel and I held the broken upper part with my two hands. Together we did this for six hours on a bumpy, bumpy, and (mosquito) bitten dirt road through ravines muddy from the rain as it is in season. Maradona was the only person who volunteered for this task, ”he added.
The actress did not lose her sense of humor and even said that she had enough time during her recovery to talk about issues such as polygamy, a custom typical of some towns in the region.
“ We have a good friendship, we discussed the pros and cons of polygamy and monogamy. I show him two photos, one with his hat and one with mine, which he covets so much! Women! My sisters who hugged me. They blessed me, ”he concluded in his Instagram post.
Finally he arrived in the city of Jolu, where he spent the night in a cabin . The next day she was airlifted to the capital, Kinshasa, where she remained for 24 hours . Later, she was able to catch a plane that took her to South Africa, where she was finally operated on in a hospital and is already recovering.
Judd has given details of how his accident was complicated in a live dialogue with his friend, the columnist of The New York Times , Nicholas Kristof. And he added: "I almost lost my leg."
"I know that I am lucky and had the resources to get help," expressed the protagonist of films such as "Kisses that kill" or "Double Risk". And he continued: " If this same accident had happened to a Congolese person, without access to medical care , any pain medication, any type of service or options, it is most likely that he would have lost his leg or would have died."
From the hospital bed where she is admitted, Judd has detailed that her wounds on her right leg will take a while to heal.
The specialist doctor has assured her that she will walk again, but that she does not know when and that she will not have hurry . "I have a journey ahead of me, but I remember that sometimes the darkness is not so far from the light," he reflected.
The American actress travels to the rainforest of that Central African country a couple of times a year to promote actions in defense Bonobos, also known as pygmy chimpanzees, an endangered species.
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