Hollywood actor Ashley Judd, who nearly lost her leg while on a hiking trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this year, took to social media on Sunday to reveal that she is back on her feet. 

“Dear Friends, it is with reverence and quiet awe I offer this update. Today, five months and three weeks after the accident in the Congolese rainforest, I walked again, and in what fashion! I hiked in the #SwissNationalPark,” the 53-year-old wrote, along with photos and videos from the hike. 

“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. I rested in a meadow on God’s fecund earth for hours. The next day, I walked again on a high Alp in Ticino, working hard and feeling how much I stamina I have to rebuild. This is the road ahead. But I am up to the daily tasks, as I am even carrying firewood into our Alpine hut!” she added. 

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The ‘Heat’ actor went on to thank all those who helped her make a speedy recovery. 

She concluded the post by saying, “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.”

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In February 2021, the actor suffered serious nerve damage after tripping over a fallen tree during the hike in Congo. Following a 55-hour-long rescue operation, Judd was taken to a South African hospital  by six men. She then underwent an eight-hour surgery. 

During her recovery process, Judd spoke about the physical therapies she had to go through, including yoga.