• Derek Hough thanks fans for support during wife’s ongoing health battle
• Hayley Erbert underwent successful cranioplasty surgery on skull
• Derek expresses gratitude for medical team and supporters, looks ahead to full recovery
Here is what happened:
Derek Hough recently expressed his gratitude for the support and prayers received from fans after his wife, Hayley Erbert, underwent a health battle and had to undergo surgery on her skull. The Dancing With the Stars judge shared a heartfelt message on Instagram, stating “With immense relief, gratitude and overwhelming joy I’d like to share that Hayley’s cranioplasty surgery has been successfully completed as planned.” He also thanked the exceptional medical team and expressed his appreciation for the outpouring of support from fans and pals, including within the DWTS family, since sharing the news of her hospitalization.
The surgery, which Derek had previously detailed on social media, saw an implant put in where a piece of her skull had been removed during the initial operation. He also expressed gratitude towards Dr. Mai, who not only performed the surgery but also saved Hayley’s life two weeks ago. Derek also gave a glimpse into the couple’s road ahead, stating that “this surgery marks a significant milestone in my wife’s recovery journey, and your support has played a crucial role in getting us here.”
Back on December 7, Hayley had been rushed to the hospital following the couple’s Symphony of Dance tour performance in Washington, D.C. and had to have skull surgery after being diagnosed with a “cranial hematoma.” The following week, Derek shared how she was doing, noting on Instagram that “her recovery process has been nothing short of a miracle.” He also emphasized the importance of having a supportive community around them and expressed his gratitude for the incredible support and medical care Hayley received.