Ashley Judd’s shattered leg ‘had no pulse’ following horrific accident in the rainforest

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Ashley Judd has revealed more details about the extent of her injuries after shattering her leg in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Judd had previously disclosed how she endured a 55-hour rescue to arrive at the intensive care unit after falling over a broken tree.

The journey took her from the Congo rainforest to South Africa and finally back to the United States.

In a new social media post, the 52-year-old opened up about her treatment and the severity of her injuries.

"I want to give my deepest and most vulnerable thanks to Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, for making split second decisions upon my arrival," Judd captioned the post. "I arrived to them from DRC in terrible shape and my leg had no pulse. I desperately needed a blood transfusion. Their sisters (nurses) are exemplary, technically top notch, and they cared for the trauma in my body as well as my soul with equal proficiency."

Her father, Michael Ciminella, had recently received the COVID vaccine and flew to South Africa after getting a distressing message from the actress.

"My beloved Dad, who had gotten the text no parent ever wants: 'emergency, can't answer questions, please come now,' had indeed, because he is vaccinated, been able to come to South Africa," the “Double Jeopardy” star added.

"He has been my rock, companion, resource, helped me listen to so many doctors, critical support system, and kind, loving presence as I have wept and wept. We then made the 22 hour - 4 flights - to America thanks to unbelievably efficient disaster travel insurance on an Air Ambulance."

Once back in the states, Judd had to wait for the swelling to go down before doctors could operate on her leg.

“Eventually I was qualified to have the 8-hour surgery to repair the bones, decompress the hemorrhaging nerve and pick the shards of bones out of the nerve,” she shared. “I am now recovering from surgery.”

Judd included an image of her leg x-ray and a video showing her standing upright and using a walker to move about her hospital room.

The “Divergent” star had been in the Congo at a research camp studying an endangered species of apes called bonobos.

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