Derek Hough reveals wife Hayley Erbert needs skull implant after Craniectomy

Derek Hough Hayley Erbert
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Hough and Hayley’s holiday season is not all merry and bright.

The Dancing With The Stars judge Hough wrote on Instagram on Friday regarding his wife Erbert, “Her recovery process has been nothing short of a miracle,” he added, that although “Hayley is doing well,” she “still has a ways to go.” The judge continued to explain that his wife will need another surgery in the next few weeks that will include a skull implant, which will “replace the piece [of the skull] that was removed during the craniectomy.”

He clarified, “It will restore the skull to its natural shape and protect the brain from injury.”

Additionally, Hough showed gratitude towards fans for their immense support on the journey. Encompassing this, he wrote, “The past week has been a challenging journey for us due to a life-threatening event that suddenly came into our lives,” adding,  “It was a time filled with uncertainty and fear, going from living our dreams onstage to a nightmare in an instant.”


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He continued in the post, saying that the medical emergency has become “a profound reminder of how fragile life can be and how quickly things can change,” adding, “But, it has also shown us the incredible strength and resilience that lies within us and the power of having a supportive community around us,” he continues his penmanship explaining, “We cannot express enough gratitude to each of you for your unwavering support, messages, prayers and undeniable loving energy we have both felt during this time.”

He concluded his post by saying, “While this isn’t the holiday season either of us envisioned, it’s one that we’re incredibly grateful to have. We look forward to cherishing these moments with a deeper appreciation for life and the people in it.”

The Instagram post that Hough shared included a video of him and Erbert walking hand in hand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Erbert suffered cranial hematoma symptoms after their Symphony of Dance tour stop there.

He made the medical emergency announcement on December 7, when he wrote on Instagram, “At the end of last night’s tour performance in Washington, D.C., my wife Hayley became disoriented and was taken to the hospital,” adding, “She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy. She is in stable condition.”

The pair got engaged in June 2022 and tied the knot this August.