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Ashley Judd talks the near-fatal leg injury she suffered while hiking in the Congo


Ashley Judd spoke about how she almost died after injuring herself during a hike through the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during an episode of the Sex, Body and Soul podcast.

The 53-year-old actress previously broke her right leg in four places while making her way through the country’s heavily wooded area and had to be taken to South Africa for further medical treatment.

The performer, who pointed out that she easily could have died from her injuries, told the podcast’s host, Kate Roberts, that she did not understand how she was able to take the intense pain during her journey to a medical facility.

Harrowing experience: Ashley Judd spoke about how she almost died after injuring herself during a hike through the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during an episode of the Sex, Body and Soul podcast

Harrowing experience: Ashley Judd spoke about how she almost died after injuring herself during a hike through the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during an episode of the Sex, Body and Soul podcast

‘I don’t know how the mind and the body and the soul come together to manage to endure the unendurable,’ she said.

Judd pointed out that she was unafraid of showing her emotions during the journey, although she noted that she would have liked to lose consciousness to circumvent the pain. 

‘I bit a stick, I screamed, I howled, I convulsed. I never did pass out — I wished that I could,’ she said.

The Heat actress made a point of thanking her ‘Congolese brothers’ who transported her ‘up and over hills, through the river’ following the accident.

Grateful: The Heat actress made a point of thanking her 'Congolese brothers' who transported her 'up and over hills, through the river' following the accident

Grateful: The Heat actress made a point of thanking her ‘Congolese brothers’ who transported her ‘up and over hills, through the river’ following the accident

Judd went on to note that her situation had progressed to a potentially deadly point during her trip to medical attention. 

‘I was in hospital in South Africa about nine days. And then I was medevaced to Tennessee. But when I got to South Africa my leg didn’t have a pulse and I was hemorrhaging,’ she recalled.

The actress also remarked that ‘if I had been medevaced to Europe I would’ve bled to death.’ 

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

No laughing matter: Judd went on to note that her situation had progressed to a potentially deadly point during her trip to medical attention

No laughing matter: Judd went on to note that her situation had progressed to a potentially deadly point during her trip to medical attention

Judd specifically noted that ‘as animalistic as I was, my mind was pretty skilled’ on the trek.

The Olympus Has Fallen cast member did not attempt to lie to herself after her injury and was committed to getting medical attention. 

‘I just had no expectations, and I knew that I could only do it one breath at a time,’ she stated.

The actress also recalled that ‘I didn’t make it anybody else’s fault, and I didn’t take it out on the people around me.’

Managing the pain: The actress also recalled that 'I didn't make it anybody else's fault, and I didn't take it out on the people around me'

Managing the pain: The actress also recalled that ‘I didn’t make it anybody else’s fault, and I didn’t take it out on the people around me’

Judd then expressed that her dedication to meditating had greatly helped her while she sought out medical care. 

‘It showed me that all the work I’ve done in the development of my meditation process and how hard I’ve tried to heal, that that really was with me throughout those 55 hours,’ she said.

The performer stated that ‘I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but there was a certain grace that stayed with me.’

Judd went on to state that she attempted to look inward and find untouched inner strength while she was being taken to see medical professionals. 

Mind over matter: Judd then expressed that her dedication to meditating had greatly helped her while she sought out medical care

Mind over matter: Judd then expressed that her dedication to meditating had greatly helped her while she sought out medical care

‘I was at my edge, and I would get to the edge of my edge and I would try to soften, and I would try to find more spaces inside of me,’ she said.

The performer later recovered from her injuries and announced that she would be heading back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a post that was shared on her Instagram account this past January.

In her message, Judd noted that all of the pain and anguish she suffered during the trip ‘is in the past now.’ 

Back in the saddle: The performer later recovered from her injuries and announced that she would be heading back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a post that was shared on her Instagram account this past January

Back in the saddle: The performer later recovered from her injuries and announced that she would be heading back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a post that was shared on her Instagram account this past January

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