Back in February, we reported that the Hollywood star Ashley Judd had shattered her leg and suffered nerve damage in a terrifying ape-tracking accident in the Congo in Africa. On Sunday, the 53 year-old actress revealed that five months later,  she is finally able to walk again.

Judd took to Instagram to post some photos and videos of herself hiking at the Swiss National Park.

“I walked again, and in what fashion,” Judd wrote in the caption. “Stepping in, I felt in my ease, my natural garment of self, at home in my spirit. My leg and foot, worked beautifully.”

“I walked up hill on uneven surfaces for an hour confidently and came down carefully and easily,” she continued. “I rested in a meadow on God’s fecund earth for hours.”

Judd went on to say that she recently walked another Alp in Ticino, Switzerland, and that she is eager to rebuild her stamina.

“I have so many people to thank for helping to make my recovery possible,” Judd wrote before thanking her trauma orthopedic surgeon Phil Kregor and doctors Susan Mackinnon and Scott Levin and others.

“My leg will never be the same. She is a new leg. And I love her. We are buddies. We have a come a long way and we have a fabulous life ahead,” Judd added. “I have been loved and understood and helped in my healing.”

Judd concluded her post by thanking her fans for their prayers.

“Thank you. I have felt you,” Judd wrote. “I have especially been held by family and my partner. Peace be with you.”


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Judd was trying to track a rare ape in Africa when she tripped over a tree stump and shattered her leg in four places. She then underwent 55 hours of agony as those with her tried to get her from a remote area of the Congo to somewhere where she could get medical treatment.

Judd was carried out of the forest for hours and placed on a motorcycle for a ride that lasted hours as well. She was then flown to South Africa, where she was given the medical treatment she needed before being flown back to the states, where she underwent an eight hour surgery that saved her leg.

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