Haley Erbert, wife of Derek Hough, undergoes emergency brain surgery

December 9, 2023

Fans of "Dancing with the Stars" were saddened to hear that judge Derek Hough's wife, Haley Erbert, was rushed to the hospital for a scary medical emergency. 

According to CBS News, Erbert had to undergo emergency surgery for a cranial hematoma -- caused by a burst blood vessel in the brain.

The medical situation required surgeons to perform an emergency craniectomy to save Erbert's life.

Hough confirmed the situation in an Instagram post last week, triggering an outpouring of get well wishes and prayers.

What happened?

Reportedly, after last Wednesday night's performance for the couple's Symphony of Dance tour, Erbert became disoriented and was quickly taken to a Washington D.C.-area hospital for treatment.

Hough released an initial statement after news broke of the medical emergency.

"She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy," he said, adding that she was in "stable condition."

CBS News noted:

During a craniectomy, a portion of the skull is removed to relieve pressure on the brain, according to the University of Rochester Medical Medical Center. The procedure is usually done when a patient has suffered a "very severe brain injury that involves significant amounts of bleeding around the brain or excessive swelling of the brain."

Typically, that type of medical emergency happens following a fall or a car accident.

Road to recovery

In a recent Instagram post, Hough provided a hopeful update about his wife, revealing that she made it through the surgery and is now focused on recovering.

"Hayley has always inspired me with her will, her strength, and her resilience and no more so than in the last 48 hrs," Hough wrote. "Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for the support and love tha you have given us."

"The kindness that we've been shown in this incredibly unfathomable, and life changing time is immeasurable," Hough continued. "The offers of assistance that have poured in have been so humbling and appreciated. Our hope is that as a family, we can somehow and some way pay it forward."

The two had just married in August 2022.

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