Brooke Shields shares snaps of herself in hospital after broken femur


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Brooke Shields has shared a series of snaps of herself getting hospital treatment after breaking her right femur in an accident at a New York City gym in January.

The actress, 55, took to Instagram over the weekend to share the images, which showed her in a hospital gown as she sported a heavily bandaged arm and leg.

One selfie saw the screen star sporting a number of chest monitors, while another image showed her hooked up to machines as she sat with a walker.

Snapshots: Brooke Shields has shared a series of snaps of herself getting hospital treatment after breaking her right femur in an accident at a New York City gym in January

Captioning the set of revealing images, the mother-of-two wrote: 'I’ve come a long way since this, but the journey is just beginning.'

Shields sustained a life-changing injury when she fell off a balance board and flew into the air, landing on her upper leg and breaking the largest bone in the body. 

But after a series of surgeries, a staph infection, and subsequent health hurdles, Brooke recognised her ability to overcome, telling People: 'If anything, I'm a fighter.'

The accident was surreal for Shields, who said: 'It felt like it was all in slow motion. And then I just started screaming. Sounds came out that I've never heard before.'

Bandaged: The actress, 55, took to Instagram over the weekend to share the images, which showed her in a hospital gown as she sported 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 afraid I was paralysed,' she recalled of the harrowing moment.

The injury required serious surgery, stabilising the break with two metal rods - 'one from the top of my hip down, and another across into the hip socket'.

Shields had complications when a broken portion of her femur popped out, forcing her to have a second surgery to anchor her bones together with five rods and a metal plate.

'I never considered myself Zen,' she told the magazine, 'but I realised with a certain calm that the rest is up to me now.'

'Come a long way, but just the beginning': Captioning the set of revealing images, the mother-of-two wrote, 'I’ve come a long way since this, but the journey is just beginning'

However, that wasn't the end of Brooke's battle. She spent two-and-a-half weeks in the hospital only to return home and develop a very serious staph infection.

The infection was so bad she had to return to the hospital for emergency surgery on the IV site where she had had three blood transfusions during earlier surgeries.

Though Brooke's bout with staph was terrifying, she said she was grateful because doctors feared the infection could be far worse.

'At first they feared it might be MRSA [a type of bacteria resistant to antibiotics],' she recalled. 'Thank God it wasn't. If it had been, my doctor said it would have been a race against time. That's how you can become septic. It seemed unthinkable.'

Being in the hospital was an isolating time for Shields, who wasn't able to see her husband Chris Henchy and daughters Rowan, 17, and Grier, 14 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Harrowing: Shields sustained a life-changing injury when she fell off a balance board and flew into the air, landing on her upper leg and breaking the largest bone in the body 

Road to recovery: The injury required surgery, stabilising the break with two metal rods, but complications meant she had to have further surgery to insert five rods and a metal plate

'I'll never forget how hard the doctors and nurses worked and hearing their stories about COVID,' she says. 'I have asthma but I kept thinking, "I feel blessed I can breathe."'

Returning home for a second time, Brooke said she was told: 'Your road is just about to begin.'

At first she thought she could power through healing, asking to do twice-a-day workouts instead of the recommended once-a-day physical therapy.

It made her realise that 'for the first time in my entire life, I thought, "I can't power through this."' 

'I can't even stand on my leg or go up a step. I need to relearn how to even walk. The feeling of helplessness is shocking.'

Family: Being in the hospital was an isolating time for Shields, who wasn't able to see her husband Chris Henchy and daughters Rowan and Grier (above), because of COVID restrictions

Life-changing: 'This is my journey, and if it took me breaking the largest bone in my body, then recovery is something I want to share,' the screen star told People

But, added the brunette beauty defiantly: 'If anything, I'm a fighter.' 

As she continues to heal, Brooke is focusing on her inner strength while celebrating every small success.  

'I'm the only one that's going to be able to get through this,' she says.

'My career has actually been like that as well. One door gets slammed in my face and I search for another. It's not unlike how I felt when I wrote about postpartum depression in 2005. 

'This is my journey, and if it took me breaking the largest bone in my body, then recovery is something I want to share. We have to believe in ourselves and encourage one another. There's no other way to get through life, period.' 

Gratitude: Though Brooke's bout with staph was terrifying, she said she was grateful because doctors feared the infection could be far worse. Pictured in 2019