• Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert commemorated their first Christmas as a married couple after Hayley’s skull surgery
• Hayley undergoing emergency skull surgery during their tour was a “life-threatening” moment that they are grateful to have survived
• Their spirits have been lifted with Hayley’s successful follow-up surgery
Here is what happened:
In an Instagram post, Derek Hough and wife Hayley Erbert shared a heartwarming message, “Cherishing the greatest gift of all. The precious gift of life and the love we share.” The couple celebrated their first Christmas together as a married couple after Hayley underwent emergency skull surgery two weeks before.
The two were seen cuddled up under the tree sharing a sweet kiss as they celebrated the holiday season. This was a special moment considering just days before, Hayley had undergone surgery to replace a portion of her skull due to a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel. Derek Hough recounted the “life-threatening” moment that turned their worlds upside down in an Instagram post. He wrote, “While this isn’t the holiday season either of us envisioned, it’s one that we’re incredibly grateful to have,” emphasizing the importance of appreciating life and the people in it.
In another successful follow-up surgery, Hayley Erbert embarked on her recovery journey, and Derek Hough conveyed his gratitude for the overwhelming support they have received. Watching the couple cherish these precious moments with deeper appreciation was heartwarming. Their love and the optimism for the future were visible in his words, “We are filled with hope and optimism for the future, knowing she is on the path to a full recovery, surrounded by such a loving community…We love you.”