Naomi Judd says daughter Ashley Judd still 'can't get out of bed' and 'could've died' after catastrophic accident in the Congo
- Naomi Judd, 75, opened up about her daughter's recovery on "The Kelly Clarkson Show."
- She said
Ashley Juddwas still bedridden after receiving treatment, including a seven-hour surgery.
- Ashley nearly lost her leg in a "catastrophic" accident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Naomi Judd revealed that her daughter, Ashley Judd, is still bedridden after her "catastrophic" accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
While appearing on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Naomi told the host that Ashley was scheduled to get her stitches removed on Friday morning.
"It was very serious - she could've died," Naomi said. "she's surviving. She's very courageous. Can't get out of bed."
In February, Ashley "nearly lost her leg" when she traveled to the DRC to research the endangered bonobo apes. She tripped over a downed tree, shattering her leg in four places and suffering nerve damage.
After her initial fall, Ashley said on Instagram that she experienced a "grueling 55-hour" rescue after the early morning fall.
"As I was breaking my leg, I knew it was being broken," she said at the time. "What was next was an incredibly harrowing 55 hours."
Ashley added that she laid on the rainforest floor with a "badly misshapen leg" for five hours while "biting my stick," "howling like a wild animal," and "going into shock."
After a colleague reset her bones, she was carried out of the rainforest on a hammock for 90 minutes. Then, she took a six-hour motorbike ride during which she was forced to "physically hold the top part of my shattered tibia together."
"I am a woman of the wilderness, as you know. Accidents do happen," Ashley said in an Instagram video.
On March 6, Ashley updated her fans with an update on her recovery. She said that she was "drowning in trauma" and experiencing "savage agony."
"I do not understand why what has happened has happened," Ashley wrote. "I do understand I have been loved and helped enormously. I understand nights are a savage agony."
At the time, she admitted that she had "no idea" how strenuous physical therapy could be.
"I am only at the beginning, and the combination of drowning in trauma and addressing the physical body is a lot," she wrote. "Yet you have done it, and so will I."
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