Brooke Shields shares snaps of herself in hospital after battling fractured thigh and staph infection
Brooke Shields shared a series of snaps of herself receiving hospital treatment after fracturing her right thigh in an accident at a New York City gym in January.
The actress, 55, took to Instagram over the weekend to share the photos, showing her in a hospital gown wearing a heavily bandaged arm and leg.
One selfie saw the fencing star with some chest monitors, while another image showed her connected to machines while sitting with a walker.
Snapshots: Brooke Shields shared a series of snaps of herself being treated in hospital after fracturing her right thigh in an accident at a New York City gym in January
Captioning the series of revealing images, the mother of two wrote, “I’ve come a long way since this, but the journey has only just begun.”
Shields sustained a life-altering injury when she fell off a balance board and flew into the air, landing on her thigh and fracturing the largest bone in her body.
But after a series of surgeries, a staph infection, and subsequent health problems, Brooke recognized her ability to overcome. People: “At least I’m a fighter.”
The accident was unreal for Shields, who said, “It felt like it was all in slow motion. And then I just started screaming. Sounds came out that I have never heard. ‘
Connected: The actress, 55, took to Instagram over the weekend to share the photos, showing her in a hospital gown wearing a heavily bandaged arm and leg
Emergency medical technicians rushed to the scene, at which point the star said ‘survival kicked in’.
I kept saying, ‘I can feel my toes’ because I was so scared I was paralyzed,’ she recalled the poignant moment.
The injury required serious surgery, stabilizing the fracture with two metal rods – “one from the top of my hip down and another across the acetabulum.”
Shields had complications when a fractured part of her femur popped out, causing her to have a second operation to anchor her bones together with five rods and a metal plate.
“I never thought of myself as Zen,” she told the magazine, “but I realized with a certain calmness that the rest is now up to me.”
‘A long way, but just the beginning’: In endorsing the series of revealing images, the mother of two wrote, ‘I’ve come a long way since this, but the journey has only just begun’
However, that wasn’t the end of Brooke’s fight. She spent two and a half weeks in the hospital returning home and contracting a very serious staph infection.
The infection was so bad that she had to return to the hospital for emergency surgery at the infusion site where she had had three blood transfusions during previous surgeries.
Although Brooke’s battle with staph was terrifying, she said she was grateful because doctors feared the infection could be much worse.
‘At first they were concerned that it could be MRSA [a type of bacteria resistant to antibiotics], ”she recalled. Thank God it wasn’t. If it had, my doctor said it would have been a race against time. That’s how you can get infected. It seemed unthinkable. ‘
Being in the hospital was isolation time for Shields, who couldn’t see her husband Chris Henchy and daughters Rowan, 17, and Grier, 14 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Distressing: Shields sustained a life-altering injury when she fell off a balance board and flew into the air, landed on her thigh and fractured the largest bone in the body
Road to recovery: The injury required surgery, stabilizing the fracture with two metal rods, but due to complications, she had to undergo another operation to place five rods and a metal plate
“I will never forget how hard the doctors and nurses worked and how they heard their stories about COVID,” she says. ‘I have asthma, but I kept thinking,’ I feel blessed to be able to breathe. ”
When Brooke returned home for the second time, she said she was told, “Your road is just starting.”
Initially, she thought she could reinforce healing by asking to exercise twice a day instead of the recommended once-daily physical therapy.
It made her realize that ‘For the first time in my life, I thought,’ I can’t get through this. ”
‘I can’t even stand on my leg or go up one step. I have to learn to walk again. The feeling of helplessness is shocking. ‘
Family: Being in the hospital was an isolation time for Shields, who couldn’t see her husband Chris Henchy and daughters Rowan and Grier (above) due to COVID restrictions
Life-Changing: ‘This is my journey, and if I had to break the biggest bone in my body to do that, recovery is something I want to share,’ the movie star told People
But, the brunette beauty added defiantly: “If anything, I’m a fighter.”
As she continues to heal, Brooke focuses on her inner strength as she celebrates every little success.
“I’m the only one who can get through this,” she says.
‘My career has actually been like that. One door is slammed in front of me and I look for another. It’s no different from how I felt when I wrote about postpartum depression in 2005.
“This is my journey, and if it meant breaking the biggest bone in my body, recovery is something I want to share. We must believe in ourselves and encourage each other. There is no other way to get through life, period. ‘
Gratitude: While Brooke’s battle with staph was terrifying, she said she was grateful because doctors feared the infection could be much worse. Pictured in 2019