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

“Thank you to my trauma surgeon, anaesthesiologist, head of nursing, hospital management – everyone…”

After an excruciating 55-hour journey through the Congo jungle to the Sunning Hill Hospital in South Africa, actress and activist, Ashley Judd has praised the team of doctors, nurses and surgeons who helped save her shattered leg.

Read more about her journey to hospital here:

Ashley Judd’s excruciating 55-hour journey from the Congo to ICU in SA

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This week, the actress shared a ‘thank you’ message on Instagram

She is currently in hospital in the US after having made the trip home safely. The South African hospital was able to stabilise her to the point where she could take an air ambulance home.

“We made the 22 hour – 4 flights – to America thanks to unbelievably efficient disaster travel insurance on an Air Ambulance,” she posted.

“In an American hospital, I had to continue to wait for the tissue damage and swelling to reduce.”

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


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Judd praised her experience at Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg

“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,” she posted.

At the time of her arrival, her leg had no pulse, and she needed a blood transfusion.

“The sisters (nurses) are exemplary, technically top notch, and they cared for the trauma in my body as well as my soul with equal proficiency,” said Judd of the medical staff at the hospital.

“Dr Greef, was super at stabilizing my leg with the external fixator until the massive soft tissue damage and swelling went down so that I could have the Big Operation. What he did was significant and I am forever in his debt.”

“It must be noted I was being cared for during the Covid B.1.351 strain that is plaguing RSA. Sunninghill is world class and a wonder.  Thank you to my trauma surgeon, anaesthesiologist, head of nursing, hospital management – everyone.”

She went on to praise her father, who she calls her “rock”

My beloved Dad, who had gotten the text no parent ever wants: “emergency, can’t answer questions, please come now.”

He was able to come to SA because he had been vaccinated.

“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.”



Ashley Judd nearly lost her leg in horror ordeal: “I wake up weeping in gratitude”