Derek Hough’s wife Hayley Erbert updates fans for the first time as she reveals her skull scar after emergency surgery for cranial hematoma

Derek Hough’s wife Hayley Erbert gave her first update on her condition after undergoing an emergency craniectomy and subsequent skull repair on Monday.

The 29-year-old dancer — who was spotted out in Los Angeles days earlier — was accompanied by her 38-year-old husband in the short video, which they shared jointly to Instagram.

Hayley looked shockingly different than she had prior to her health scare, as her long brunette locks had been shorn, giving way to a chic pixie cut.

She also gave her viewers a glimpse at the long scar running long the top of her head, which was from surgeries to release pooling blood from a hematoma that was pressing down on her brain, as well as to subsequently replace a portion of her skull that had to be removed.

‘It’s been wild going from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. But I have to say, throughout this experience this woman has been unbelievable and her perseverance and her acceptance of the whole situation, her strength, it’s been remarkable to witness firsthand,’ Derek said as he said by his wife’s side. ‘She really is a miracle and it’s been miraculous and it’s still a journey.’

Derek Hough's wife Hayley Erbert gave her first update on her condition after undergoing an emergency craniectomy and subsequent skull repair on Monday. The 29-year-old dancer was accompanied by her 38-year-old husband in the short video, which they shared jointly to Instagram

Derek Hough’s wife Hayley Erbert gave her first update on her condition after undergoing an emergency craniectomy and subsequent skull repair on Monday. The 29-year-old dancer was accompanied by her 38-year-old husband in the short video, which they shared jointly to Instagram

Hayley added that things were still up and down for her, as she still has ‘really good days’ and ‘really bad days,’ both ’emotionally and physically sometimes,’ though she said she was improving ‘every single day. 

‘Truly there is so much progress every day and I’m so grateful for that,’ she added.

Hayley looked back to when she was first waking up in the hospital from her initial surgery, when her condition was still uncertain.

She said that her husband had told her that so many people in her life and among her online fans were thinking of her, but she said it was if she already knew that, because she already ‘genuinely felt that through my body, in my heart, in my soul.’

 As she grew misty-eyed, Hayley shared her thanks to her fans for ‘all of your messages, your love, your energy, your light, your prayers.’ 

‘Thank you guys for all of it because it means so much to me and to us as a family. And genuinely, I believe it’s what’s gotten me through this a little bit faster and it’s what helped me heal,’ she continued, tearfully. ‘It’s what helped me stay positive throughout the entire experience.’

Then Hayley gave her followers a closer look at her surgery scar, which would likely be completely hidden by her hair as it continues to grow out.

‘It’s a new year, it’s a new haircut,’ Derek joked about the stylish buzzed look.

She added that, in addition to the new haircut, she had a ‘new scar,’ as well as ‘a new sac of fluid on the side of my face, which is supposed to eventually go away.’

Hayley also said she had a ‘new skull,’ though it was unclear if a synthetic material was used to replace the removed portion of her skull, or if some of her original bone was reattached.

She added that the scary near-death experience had given her a ‘new outlook on life.’

‘Life is so precious. Spend time with the ones you love. Hold them close cause you never know what could happen,’ she said.

Hayley concluded on another emotional note by saying she was ‘grateful to be alive and be here to tell my story.’

Derek signed off after saying that he and his wife would share more details about her condition and recovery in the future. 

Derek revealed on December 7 that his wife was rushed to the hospital after suffering a cranial hematoma, while they were performing at their Symphony of Dance tour in Washington D.C.

Hayley revealed the scar running along her skull, which would likely be completely covered up after her hair had grown out a bit more

Hayley revealed the scar running along her skull, which would likely be completely covered up after her hair had grown out a bit more

She also said she has a sac of fluid on the side of her face now, though it is supposed to go away

She also said she has a sac of fluid on the side of her face now, though it is supposed to go away

She added that the scary near-death experience had given her a 'new outlook on life.' 'Life is so precious. Spend time with the ones you love. Hold them close cause you never know what could happen,' she said

She added that the scary near-death experience had given her a ‘new outlook on life.’ ‘Life is so precious. Spend time with the ones you love. Hold them close cause you never know what could happen,’ she said

Derek revealed on December 7 that his wife was rushed to the hospital after suffering a cranial hematoma, while they were performing at their Symphony of Dance tour in Washington D.C.; sen in March 2022 in West Hollywood

Derek revealed on December 7 that his wife was rushed to the hospital after suffering a cranial hematoma, while they were performing at their Symphony of Dance tour in Washington D.C.; sen in March 2022 in West Hollywood

A cranial hematoma happens when blood accumulates, ‘within the brain or between the brain and the skull,’ according to Mayo Clinic.

‘At the end of last night’s tout performance in Washington, D.C., my wife Hayley became disoriented and was taken to the hospital,’ he wrote.

‘She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy. She is in stable condition,’ he added.

‘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 added.

Hough then revealed the next day, ”Hayley has always inspired me with her will, her strength, and her resilience and no more so than in the last 48 hours. She is now on the long road of recovery,’ he wrote.

The Dancing With The Stars judge then spoke about the gratitude he felt for all the well wishes that had been sent by his fans. 

‘Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for the support and love that you have given us,’ he said.

‘The kindness that we’ve been shown in this incredibly unfathomable, and life changing time is immeasurable,’ he wrote.

He concluded by writing: ‘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.’

On Christmas Day, Hough shared a photo of them kissing by their tree, alongside an update on her recovery. 

‘Cherishing the greatest gift of all. The precious gift of life and the love we share. Hold your loved ones close and treasure every moment,’ he captioned the image.

A cranial hematoma happens when blood accumulates, 'within the brain or between the brain and the skull,' according to Mayo Clinic

A cranial hematoma happens when blood accumulates, ‘within the brain or between the brain and the skull,’ according to Mayo Clinic 

She's seen in D.C. shortly after her initial surgery as she gets in a walk with Derek amid her recovery

She’s seen here in Washington, D.C., on a walk with Derek shortly after her initial surgery as she began her recovery 

Erbert’s medical emergency comes almost a year exactly after her and Hough were involved in a a ‘scary’ car crash.

At the time, she told her social media followers they had been in a ‘pretty scary car accident in the mountains’ on December 12, 2022.

She went on to describe the terrifying elements of their crash: ‘Our accident involved a steep hill, icy roads, a tree, and worst of all, the fear that we would slide off the mountain.’

‘The scariest part was that Hayley doesn’t remember anything,’ Derek shared in the comments section, at the time. ‘She was dazed afterwards, being cheerful saying we should keep going to dinner as blood ran down her face.’

‘That really scared me,’ wrote Hough. ‘She came to 20 minutes later when the firemen arrived.’ 

Earlier this year, the lovebirds wed during a beautiful ceremony in a magnificent forest of Redwood trees. 

A-listers in attendance included Frieda Pinto, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Shawn Johnson, Nina Dobrev, Shaun White, Robert and Kym Herjavec, Alfonso Ribeiro, and of course, Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough. 

According to Brides, the duo couple exchanged vows in front of 106 guests.

'At the end of last night's tout performance in Washington, D.C., my wife Hayley became disoriented and was taken to the hospital,' he wrote. 'She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy'

‘At the end of last night’s tout performance in Washington, D.C., my wife Hayley became disoriented and was taken to the hospital,’ he wrote. ‘She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy’ 

Erbert's medical emergency comes almost a year exactly after her and Hough were involved in a a 'scary' car crash (seen last year after the accident)

Erbert’s medical emergency comes almost a year exactly after her and Hough were involved in a a ‘scary’ car crash (seen last year after the accident)

Last year, the lovebirds wed during a beautiful ceremony in a magnificent forest of Redwood trees; seen in 2022

Last year, the lovebirds wed during a beautiful ceremony in a magnificent forest of Redwood trees; seen in 2022

Hough and Erbert kicked off their tour on September 28, 2023, a month after tying the knot (seen in 2022)

Hough and Erbert kicked off their tour on September 28, 2023, a month after tying the knot (seen in 2022)

‘He’s definitely going to cry. I know that for a fact,’ Derek’s wife joked before the ceremony.

She added that, ‘Honestly, both of us. We’re going to be a mess!’

The rehearsal dinner was just as elegant as the ceremony itself, with the wedding guests being wined and dined in Carmel first for a welcome dinner, followed by a rehearsal dinner the next day, with many details planned by the brunette beauty herself.

Hough and Erbert kicked off their tour on September 28, 2023, a month after tying the knot.

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