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Brooke Shields shared an X-ray photo of her femur and hip after reconstructive surgery.
The actress had seven rods and a metal plate inserted after snapping her femur in a freak accident.
“While this was one of the scariest moments of my life, it was also transformative. The beginning is now,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
Brooke Shields is truly a “glass half-full” kind of person. Only someone like her could view snapping her femur in a freak gym accident, undergoing not one, but two surgeries, and being hospitalized for weeks as a “fresh start.” But that’s exactly what she’s calling it.
On May 29, the actress and model, 55, shared a photo of her post-surgery X-ray displaying the hardware doctors inserted to stabilize her hip. Alongside that shot, she shared a photo of her incision scar, one from the operating room, and another X-ray.
“Somewhere around the time these photographs were taken I realized it’s never too late for a fresh start, a new outlook,” she captioned the post. “While this was one of the scariest moments of my life, it was also transformative. The beginning is now...”
Fans and followers—especially those who have also experienced severe injuries—were inspired by her perseverance. “Dealing with an external fixator after a crushed heel. You’ve been an inspiration ❤️ it does force you to dig deep,” one commenter wrote. “Sending prayers for complete healing. Been through that myself!” another added. “It is NEVER too late to transform,” Jennifer Beals wrote. “You remind us we are ALL filled with unspeakable magic. You my friend are such an incredible inspiration! The beginning is now indeed. ☺️❤️”
The fall—which took place when Shields lost focus on a balance board—happened in January, and in March, she described her reconstructive surgeries to People. The first operation inserted two rods “from the top of my hip down, and another across into the hip socket,” she explained. But that wasn’t enough. Her bone popped out of place and required a second surgery that added five more rods and a metal plate to anchor it all down.
Rehab from a femur break—especially one as serious as what Shields experienced—can take anywhere from four to six months. At around the five month mark, the Blue Lagoon star has made immense progress thanks to daily physical therapy and she’s celebrating all the small victories—like being able to make it down her home’s steps without assistance.
In a a recent interview with Good Morning America, she called the accident “almost the biggest blessing to date," adding: “It won’t make you as much as it will reveal you, because you see who you are ... you see what you’re made up of.”
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