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Brooke Shields praises friends as she posts new health update

The star fractured her leg after falling off a balance board

Matthew Moore

Brooke Shields has been in recovery since breaking her right femur following a nasty fall off a balance board in February.

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And in a new health update, the model has praised her close friends, Ghoulies star Mariska Hargitay and comedian Ali Wentworth, for their support.

The star uploaded a selfie, taken by Ali, of the friends all relaxing on Brooke's bed as she kept her legs rigidly straight. "Friends are healing," Brooke wrote. "Thankful to have you by my side."

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WATCH: Brooke Shields relearns how to walk in inspiring video

Ali returned her friend's sentiments, and she replied: "#Sisterhood," followed by a string of heart emojis.

Mariska also responded, as she said: "Always by your side. Comfort cozy healing friendship with a whole lotta laughs."

The three were lavished with praise in the comments section for their close bond. "These friendships are worth gold, I love them," wrote one.

Another said: "Love this shot gorgeous, u are sooo much beauty together," and a third wrote: "This is so unbelievably precious."

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The model's friends all gave their support

One fan posted a lengthy comment, as they said: "What a gorgeous group of nurturing and powerful women hanging out giving a buddy support!!! Thank you for posting. I was wondering how you were faring."

A different fan was thrilled that Brooke appeared to be on the mend following her fall, sharing: "Nice to see you healing slowly."

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Brooke recently shared an inspirational video on her social media as she began relearning how to walk.

She revealed that she was taking it "one step at a time" as she worked with a physiotherapist in hospital.

In the video, fans saw the model slowly walk up a set of three stairs, using a crutch as a balance and with her consultant staying close behind her.

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Brooke fractured her femur in February

"One step at a time… Beginning is now!" the star confidently captioned her post.

Helena Christensen was one of the many people who offered Brooke their support, saying: "Exactly. Beginning is now," while many others called her a rockstar.

Brooke spoke about the injury with People, and told them: "Honestly, every day I feel like I'm having to begin again.

"Rehab is always slow and it's one day at a time and you just take what you can control and go, 'Okay, I'm going to be happy with that as my progress for right now."

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