Last updated on Mar 8th, 2021 at 06:56 am

It took 55 excruciating hours for Actress Ashley Judd to journey from the spot where she suffered an horrific fall in the Congo jungle to receive help in a South African hospital…

“I’m in an ICU trauma unit in beautiful South Africa, which has taken me in from the Congo, a country I deeply love which is not, unfortunately, equipped to deal with massive catastrophic injuries like I have had,” the star told The New York Times in an Instagram Live.

She described her journey, and her ultimate mission to raise awareness of the humanitarian and environmental crises the Congo is facing.

Here’s how her journey to hospital began:

While walking in partial light through the rain forests of the Congo while tracking endangered bonobos, the actress tripped over a fallen branch and ended up shattering her leg in a number of places.

Thankfully she was able to cry out for help, and the excruciating journey to hospital began.

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“Crying, sweating, vomiting,” she was carried to camp in a hammock. “God is with us in our suffering,” she says. “Father Tutu taught me that,” she said referring to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

She then made a six hour journey on motorbike.


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“They had to physically hold me up on the bike,” she says. She was sandwiched between a driver, and a man who helped her stay on the bike. “I wanted a man of God to help me. He had to hold my leg and I had to hold the top part of my shattered tibia together. We did that for six hours.”

They then spent the night in a hut until the bush plane arrived the next day, and overnighted in Kinshasa

Finally Judd’s shattered leg was operated on at a South African hospital which she hailed as ‘world class’ and where she’s currently recuperating.

Watch the full interview below:


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