Ashley Judd shares video update of her recovery from a shattered leg: ‘I am getting back up’
Ashley Judd is sharing a glimpse of her difficult recovery progress.
The actress took to Instagram Sunday to provide an update about her progress with physical therapy months after tripping over a fallen tree and seriously injuring her right leg. At the time, Judd said she was deep in the rainforest to research endangered bonobo apes.
“I am getting back up. I remember when I began sleeping through the night. I remember when I began to have dreams again (both kinds),” she wrote.
Judd shared photos and videos of her recovery process, which included exercises to stretch her legs in different directions.
“With the kind of injury I (& many others) have, we speak of degrees. In the video, 109 degrees was an outrageous dream, & trying to reach it was agony. I did 60 of those heel slides a day. I sobbed through them,” she continued.
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However, she added that she was able to push through the pain thanks to “the loving exhortation and validation of my many friends.”
Judd also celebrated her progress, noting that, “Yesterday, I effortlessly reached the benchmark of 130 degrees.”
“I can nearly reach my knee as you see in one picture. My feet can rest almost parallel. The knee is coming along, the four fractures healing. The peroneal nerve injury will take at least a year I concentrate hard at moving my very still foot (and appreciate my sister’s medical-grade massages which remind my brain that I do have a right foot). Come June, I will walk with a brace and a cane.”
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Though Judd has been sharing updates with her followers for the past few months, she first discussed the injury with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in February, appearing remotely from an ICU trauma unit in South Africa.
Judd shared what it was like lying in the rainforest for hours.
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“I’m going into shock,” she recalled. “I’m passing out… and all I can do is narrate and say, ‘The pain is really bad right now. My teeth are chattering. I’m in a cold sweat. I think I’m gonna vomit. Can I have some water? The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.’ And I believe that God is with us in our suffering.”
Eventually, Judd made it to an operating table in South Africa – something she knows is not afforded to most people who live in the Congo.
“Another Congolese person, this would have been the end of their options,” Judd said. “That would have been the end of their leg and probably their life.”
Contributing: Charles Trepany
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