Ashley Judd would’ve ‘bled to death’ in Europe following accident in Congo

March 11, 2022

Ashley Judd, in a recent interview, looked back at her harrowing 2021 accident in the Congo

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Ashley Judd, in a recent interview, looked back at her harrowing 2021 accident in the Congo

Ashley Judd, in a recent interview, looked back at her harrowing ordeal in the Congo after she shattered her leg in four places and was stranded in a forest for hours before being rescued.

The 53-year-old actress encountered the accident while hiking in a forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in February 2021, after which a 55-hour rescue operation ensued at the end of which she was medevaced to South Africa.


Talking on the Sex, Body & Soul podcast with Kate Roberts, Judd shared, “I don't know how the mind and the body and the soul come together to manage to endure the unendurable. I bit a stick, I screamed, I howled, I convulsed. I never did pass out — I wished that I could.”

The Double Jeopardy actresslaid on the forest floor for five hours before getting help from her ‘Congolese brothers’ who carried her up hills in a hammock.

“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, and if I had been medevaced to Europe I would've bled to death,” said Judd.


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