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Ashley Judd Opens Up About the Near Fatal Leg Injury She Suffered While Hiking in Congo

Ashley Judd shared how she nearly died after injuring herself while hiking in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo during an episode of the Sex, Body and Soul podcast.

The 53-year-old actress previously broke her right leg in four places as she made her way through the heavily forested region of the country and had to be taken to South Africa for further medical treatment.

The performer, who pointed out that she could have easily died from her injuries, told podcast host Kate Roberts that she couldn’t understand how she could have endured the intense pain on her journey to a medical institution.

Heartbreaking experience: Ashley Judd told how she nearly died after injuring herself while hiking in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo during an episode of the Sex, Body and Soul podcast

“I don’t know how mind, body and soul come together to successfully endure the unbearable,” she said.

Judd stressed that she was not afraid to show her emotions during the trip, although she noted that she wished she had passed out to get around the pain.

“I bit a stick, I screamed, I screamed, I convulsed. I never passed out – I wish I could, she said.

The Heat actress wanted to thank her “Congolese brothers” who carried her “over the hills, across the river” after the accident.

Grateful: The Heat actress wanted to thank her

Grateful: The Heat actress wanted to thank her “Congolese brothers” who carried her “over the hills, across the river” after the accident

Judd went on to note that his situation had progressed to a life-threatening point while traveling for medical attention.

“I was in hospital in South Africa for about nine days. And then I was medically evacuated to Tennessee. But when I arrived in South Africa, my leg had no pulse and I was hemorrhaging,” she recalls.

The actress also remarked that “if I had been evacuated to Europe, I would have bled to death.”

The performer then noted that she had to overcome a mental barrier to stay calm during her journey.

No laughing matter: Judd went on to note that his situation had progressed to a life-threatening point during his trip to medical care

No laughing matter: Judd went on to note that his situation had progressed to a life-threatening point during his trip to medical care

Judd specifically noted that “as animal as I was, my mind was quite adept” during the trek.

The Olympus Has Fallen actor made no attempt to lie to himself after his injury and pledged to seek medical attention.

“I just had no expectations and knew I could only do it one breath at a time,” she said.

The actress also recalled that “I didn’t blame anyone else, and I didn’t blame the people around me.”

Dealing with pain: the actress also recalled that

Dealing with the pain: The actress also recalled that “I didn’t blame anyone else for it and I didn’t blame it on the people around me”

Judd went on to say that her dedication to meditation helped her greatly while she sought medical attention.

“It showed me that all of the work that I put into developing my meditation process and how hard I tried to heal was really with me throughout those 55 hours,” said she declared.

The performer said, “I’m not trying to sing my own horn, but there was a certain grace that stuck with me.”

Judd went on to say that she tried to look within and find inner strength intact while she was taken to see medical professionals.

Mind before matter: Judd then said her dedication to meditation helped her greatly while she sought medical attention

Mind before matter: Judd then said her dedication to meditation helped her greatly while she sought medical attention

“I was at my limits, and I was going to the edge of my limits and trying to soften, and trying to find more spaces inside of me,” she said. .

The artist then recovered from her injuries and announced that she would return to the Democratic Republic of Congo with a message shared on her Instagram account last January.

In her post, Judd noted that all the pain and anguish she endured during the trip “is now in the past.”

Back in the saddle: The artist then recovered from her injuries and announced that she would return to the Democratic Republic of Congo with a message shared on her Instagram account last January.

Back in the saddle: The artist then recovered from her injuries and announced that she would return to the Democratic Republic of Congo with a message shared on her Instagram account last January.