Ashley Judd reveals she nearly lost her leg from 'catastrophic' fall in African rainforest and is now recovering in ICU

ASHLEY Judd nearly lost her leg in a "catastrophic" fall while in the African rainforest as she is now recovering in the ICU.

The 52-year-old recently opened up about the scary incident from her hospital bed.

In an interview with The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof on Instagram Live, the actress revealed that she is "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: "And 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 opened up about the brutal details of the accident, which she explained occurred after she tripped over a fallen tree, which led to her breaking her leg.

The next 55 hours were "incredibly harrowing," according to Ashley, who revealed that it "started with five hours of lying on the forest floor" with one of her colleagues until she was able to be taken on a long journey towards medical attention.

She recalled: "With [my colleagues' leg] under my badly misshapen leg, biting my stick… howling like a wild animal."

Things got more traumatic for the star, who said she "nearly lost her leg" assomeone was able to reset her bones five hours later.

Ashley was "going into shock" and "passing out" due to the pain through it all.

Eventually, Ashley was taken via motorcycle to "a hut" where she spent the night before hopping on a plane to Kinshasa and finally to South Africa to be treated in an ICU.

The hope is that Ashley, who suffered massive soft tissue damage, will soon be able to walk again as she explained: "Right now, my right foot is lame.

"It's going to take some time for that nerve to heal. And there's going to be intensive physical therapy.

"Of course, I will walk again because I'm determined and I believe in modern science and I also believe in miracles. But there's no really a time frame for [recovery]. I have a journey ahead of me."

She also revealed just how happy she is with the support she's received: "I'm in a lot of love. I'm in a lot of compassion and I'm in a lot of gratitude.

"I thank everyone for their thoughts and their prayers and their support."

Ashley is best known for her roles in films like Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, High Crimes, Divergent, and A Dog's Way Home.

Ashley, who is Wynonna Judd's half-sister, was married to former race car driver Dario Franchitti from 2001 to 2013.

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