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Derek Hough took to his Instagram to share that his wife, Hayley Erbert, was hospitalized and needed emergency brain surgery following one of their shows. The “Dancing with the Stars” judge said his wife became “disoriented” following their show and was taken to the hospital where she had to undergo emergency brain surgery for a cranial hematoma. “At the end of last night’s tour performance in Washington D.C., my wife Hayley became disoriented and was taken to the hospital,” he wrote on Instagram. “She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy. She is in stable condition.” He added, “I want to thank the first responders and medical personnel who have cared for and continue to care for her. I ask for your prayers and positivity during this time.”


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According to the Mayo Clinic,  “an intracranial hematoma is a collection of blood within the skull. It’s usually caused by a blood vessel that bursts in the brain.” Many of Hough’s “DWTS” co-stars commented on the post offering their support. “DWTS” winner Xochitl Gomez commented on Hough’s post, “Focusing all my positivity and well wishes directly toward Hayley. She is a shining light.” Peta Murgatroyd wrote, “Omg Derek. Please send her our love!!” Jenna Dewan commented saying, “Prayers and love for you both!!!”

The pair began dating in 2015 after meeting on “Dancing with the Stars.” Hough proposed to Erbert in 2022 at Yosemite. “The whole day we were on this like helicopter trip with my buddy, and I knew I had to get her out of the house for 8 hours,” Hough told media outlets on their engagement. “We went to one of our special places, which was Yosemite, which is a special place for Hailey and I, and we were flying over it, which is very unique.”

Hough updated his followers on his wife’s condition after he shared the news of her emergency surgery where he revealed that Erbert will need a skull implant in the coming weeks. He took to Instagram to say, “As you all know, the past week has been a challenging journey for us due to a life-threatening event that suddenly came into our lives. It was a time filled with uncertainty and fear, going from living our dreams onstage, to a nightmare in an instant. But today, we are filled with hope and relief as we share with you an update.” He continued, “Hayley is doing well. Her recovery process has been nothing short of a miracle. She still has a ways to go with another surgery, hopefully in a few weeks, to insert a skull implant to replace the piece that was removed during the craniectomy. It will restore the skull to its natural shape and protect the brain from injury.” He finished the post by saying, “While this isn’t the holiday season either of us envisioned, it’s one that we’re incredibly grateful to have. We look forward to cherishing these moments with a deeper appreciation for life and the people in it.”

Recently, Hough and Erbert shared a joint Instagram post where the pair sat down in a video sharing updates as well as Erbert showing her scar for the first time. “As some of you may know, in December… I had an emergency craniotomy and then a couple weeks later had a cranioplasty and here I am today,” Erbert said, sitting next to her husband, Derek Hough, in her first video since her health scare. “It’s been quite the journey. There’s been so much that has happened in two months.” Erbert, tearing up, said when she woke up after her first surgery Hough told her “Babe, there’s so many people thinking about you, there’s so many people sending love to you,’ and I remember just looking at him and just saying, ‘You didn’t even have to tell me that. I can feel it.’ Like, I genuinely felt that through my body. I felt it in my heart. I felt it in my soul. So, thank you all so much for all of your messages, your love your energy, your light, your prayers. Thank you guys for all of it ’cause it means so much to me and to us as a family.” Erbert added, “I also got a new skull, but yeah, also a new outlook on life. Like life is so precious and just spend time with the ones you love. Hold them close cause you never know what could happen.”

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