Brooke Shields shows severe injuries after a “excruciating” January fall.
After breaking her leg in a “excruciating” freak accident, actress Brooke Shields has undergone many painful operations.
Brooke Shields says she’s “come a long way” in her recovery from a “excruciating” gym accident that fractured her right femur in January.
The 55-year-old Blue Lagoon actress spent three weeks in the hospital after “snapping” her femur while using a balance board at a New York City gym, she announced on Instagram, and now wants physical therapy to relearn how to walk.
“I’ve come a long way from this, but the journey is just beginning,” she captioned a series of pictures from her hospital bed, which showed her with a heavily bandaged right arm and leg.
She told People about the accident that resulted in her severe injury, explaining that she fell off the balance board and landed hard on her femur.
“Everything seemed to be moving at a snail’s pace. She said, “And then I just started screaming.”
“It came out with sounds I’d never heard before. The suffering was unbearable.”
Shields was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where she underwent surgery to insert two metal rods near her hip. She said she was “so scared I was paralyzed.”
The effect of the fall involved further surgery on the actress’s femur, which included five more rods and a metal plate to keep it in place.
Shields, however, had to return to the hospital after contracting a serious staph infection during her stay, necessitating an emergency operation.
The actress has returned home and is undergoing physical therapy to relearn how to walk, according to People.
The actress told the publication of the arduous therapy, “The feeling of helplessness is disturbing,” adding that she is trying her utmost to remain optimistic and share words of encouragement.
“This is my journey, and if breaking the largest bone in my body was necessary, then healing is something I want to share,” she said.
“We must have confidence in ourselves and support one another. There is simply no other way to get through life.”