Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough
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Derek Hough Gives Update on Wife Hayley Erbert’s Condition After Emergency Brain Surgery

In August 2023, Dancing with the Stars judge Derek Hough married Hayley Erbert. Last week, Derek shared that his wife underwent emergency brain surgery. On December 6, 2023, during their Symphony of Dance tour stop, Hayley “became disoriented and was taken to the hospital.”

Derek updated his fans about Hayley’s diagnosis. “She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy,” Derek said. That is so scary.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a craniectomy is a brain surgery to remove pressure on a patient’s brain. During the surgery, a piece of skull is removed.

Derek shares how Hayley is doing post-surgery

“Hayley has always inspired me with her will, her strength, and her resilience, and no more so than in the last 48 hrs,” Derek wrote via Instagram. “She is now on the long road of recovery. Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for the support and love that you have given us.”

Derek added that the “kindness [they’ve] been shown” has been “immeasurable.” Derek shared how grateful he felt for all the love sent to Hayley.

“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 someway pay it forward,” Derek concluded.

His DWTS friends and family sent their love in the comments. Dance pro Emma Slater wrote, “Love you.” And DWTS host Alfonso Ribeiro commented, “No need to repay any prayers. We are all holding you both in our hearts.”

Of course, we don’t know why Hayley suffered the brain bleed. She could have fallen or was somehow injured. However last December, the couple was in a frightening car accident. Hayley doesn’t recall the crash. Afterward, she ended up with four stitches above her eyebrow.

Reality Tea is sending our best wishes to Hayley for a quick recovery.

You can stream Season 32 of Dancing With the Stars on Disney+ and Hulu.