Ashley Judd recalls the painful crash and says she almost bled to death

Ashley Judd suffered a traumatic accident while hiking in the woods in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year, and revealed she was close to death after breaking her leg

Ashley Judd almost died after her horrible accident last year
Ashley Judd almost died after her horrible accident last year

Ashley Judd has recalled the agonizing crash that nearly cost her her life and said she could have ‘bleed to death’.

The 53-year-old woman was in critical condition when she fell while hiking in the Democratic Republic of Congo last February, breaking her leg in four places.

Ashley said she was left on the forest floor for “five hours” and barely survived the 55-hour rescue.

“I don’t know how mind and body and soul come together to be able to endure the unresolvable. I bite a stick, I scream, I howl, I convulse. I never fainted — I wish I could,” she told Kate Roberts on the Sex, Body & Soul podcast.

She was found by the rest of the hiking group and taken by her “Congo brothers” to their camp in a hammock, then rode on a motorbike for six hours, where she was taken to the hospital.

Ashley Judd nearly died in a crash last year

“I was hospitalized in South Africa for about nine days. And then I was transferred to Tennessee. But when I got to South Africa, my leg didn’t have a pulse and I was bleeding, and if I was taken to Europe, I would bleed to death,” she explained.

The Double Jeopardy actress confessed she used meditation to try and help her through a difficult experience, and that her “pretty skilled” mind kept her from going into a dark place.

It took her 55 hours to be taken to the hospital for treatment



“It showed me that all the work I did in my meditation and how much I tried to heal, that really stayed with me during those 55 hours,” she shares.

“And this doesn’t make me nice and perfect, and I’m not trying to pull out my own horns, but there’s a certain grace that has stayed with me,” the star added.

Ashley said she got over the pain “breath by breath”, and she is no longer angry with those around her.

Ashley had a long recovery from the accident


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“I really have no expectations, and I know I can only do it one breath at a time. And I was able to say please and thank you and give me a drink, and I don’t see it as anyone else’s fault, and I don’t look down on the people around me,” she said, adding that she He was “by my side”.

“I’m going to go to my edge and I’m going to try to calm down, and I’m going to try to find more space inside of me,” Ashley said.

Despite her terrifying accident, Ashley is still planning to return to the Congo.

“I’m back in the Congo, that’s where I belong. I love it. I feel very good,” she said.

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