Brooke Shields rocks heels on the red carpet as she opens up about recovering from a broken femur

Brooke Shields
Photo credit Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for American Ballet Theater
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Putting on heels might not seem like such a big deal, but after you’ve gone through an intense leg injury, it’s a major accomplishment.

Just as Brooke Shields.

The 56-year-old hit the red carpet rocking high heels following months of healing and recovery from a broken leg.

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“This is the first time I’m really in heels and walking any length of time,” Shields revealed to Page Six at the American Ballet Theatre’s Fall Gala on Tuesday night.

“So, I’m very happy to be alive and with my friend,” she continued, pointing to good friend Ali Wentworth, who added, “I’m happy she’s alive, too!”

Shields underwent multiple procedures after she broke her femur on a balance board.

However, the “Jane the Virgin” star noted she’s already hitting up the gym again.

Brooke Shields and Ali Wentworth
Photo credit Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for American Ballet Theater)

“I don’t like something getting the better of me,” she explained to the outlet, adding, “Especially not a silly, dumb accident. I’m definitely still in rehab. Every time I think I’m strong enough, I realize I have to go back to PT [physical therapy].”

Wentworth then chimed in saying she would never return to the gym following such an injury. Shields jokingly hit back: “You never go to the gym anyway!”

The actress initially thought that she might be paralyzed after breaking the largest bone in her body.

“This is really probably the biggest thing that I have to physically go through, but what am I going to do about it?" she told "TODAY with Hoda & Jenna."

The “Blue Lagoon” has been actively updating her fans on Instagram during her lengthy recovery.

She even described the moment it happened, noting: "It felt like it was all in slow motion. And then I just started screaming. Sounds came out that I've never heard before.”

It’s been a long recovery period for the actress who had two metal rods inserted into her hip. Shortly after her first operation, a broken portion of her right femur popped out and she immediately underwent a second surgery to add five more rods and a metal plate. A few weeks later, she developed a serious staph infection that required a third surgery.

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