Derek Hough’s Wife, Hayley Erbert, Recovering After Emergency Brain Surgery

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“Dancing With The Stars” judge Derek Hough revealed Thursday (December 7) that his wife, Hayley Erbert, was hospitalized following an event in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night.

Hough shared the news on social media saying that Erbert had been diagnosed with a cranial hematoma, a pooling of the blood in the skull. Following a performance during their Symphony of Dance tour, Erbert “became disoriented and was taken to the hospital.”

The condition required an emergency craniectomy, a “neurosurgical procedure that involves removing a portion of the skull in order to relieve pressure on the underlying brain.”

“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,” Hough wrote.


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According to Mayo Clinic, recovery from an intracranial hematoma can take months,. “The most improvement after such a head injury usually occurs within the first three months, with slowed improvement afterward. Some people require physical and occupational therapy after an intracranial hematoma.” Healthline states that most patients make a full recovery with the help of long-term treatment and rehabilitation.

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert wed in late August, one month before kicking off their dance tour. The 45-city tour was scheduled to run through December 30 where it would conclude in Reno, Nevada. It is unclear whether or not the tour will continue.