Derek Hough's Wife Hayley Had a Health Scare and Needed Emergency Surgery — How Is She Doing?

Melissa Willets - Author

Feb. 7 2024, Updated 1:15 p.m. ET

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" at Dolby Theatre on June 14, 2023
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In December 2023, Dancing With the Stars alum Derek Hough's wife Hayley Erbert underwent an emergency craniectomy.

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The professional dancer shared on social media that Hayley had suffered a cranial hematoma while they were on tour for their Symphony of Dance.

What's the update on Hayley's health? Keep reading for all of the details.

Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Disney Pixar's "Elemental" on June 8, 2023
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What happened to Derek Hough's wife Hayley?

Derek took to Instagram on Dec. 7, 2023, to share with fans what had happened to his wife.

“At the end of last night’s tour performance in Washington, D.C., my wife Hayley became disoriented and was taken to the hospital,” he shared with his 3.2 million followers.

He went on to write, “She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy. She is in stable condition.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, a cranial hematoma results from a collection of blood in a person's skull. As in Hayley's case, this condition typically happens when a blood vessel bursts in the brain.

Per the medical authority, an intracranial hematoma "is potentially life-threatening," and "requires immediate treatment," such as surgery.

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The following day, Derek offered fans an update on Hayley's health.

He gushed about his wife's "will," "strength," and "resilience," before saying that she "is now on the long road to recovery."

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Derek went on to share a message of gratitude, writing, “The kindness that we've been shown in this incredibly unfathomable, and life-changing time is immeasurable. 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.”

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Fans sent prayers the couple's way, as did their many celebrity friends who also shared messages of encouragement and love.

Allison Holker, who lost her husband Steven "tWitch" Boss in 2022, commented on Derek's health update, "Sending all my love."

DWTS host Alfonso Ribeiro said, "No need to repay any prayers. We are all holding you both in our hearts."

From Chrishell Stause to Peta Murgatroyd, and from Ricki Lake to Mira Sorvino, there was no shortage of star support for Derek and Hayley.

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Then, on Feb. 6, 2024, Derek and Hayley took to Instagram together to post a video update on how things have been going amid Hayley's recovery.

Derek praised his wife's "perseverance and her acceptance of the whole situation" and called her a "miracle." Hayley said that she still has good and bad days, but that she's "doing so much better every single day" and is "so grateful" for the progress.

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She also thanked everyone for all of their love and support, saying that she genuinely believes "it’s what’s gotten me through this a little bit faster and it’s what helped me heal. It’s what helped me stay positive throughout the entire experience.”

Hayley said this has given her a "new outlook on life," and encouraged others to "spend time" with loved ones and "hold them close 'cause you never know what could happen."

The couple said they plan to share more details later, and Hayley said she was "grateful to be alive and be here to tell my story."

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Derek and Hayley got married in August 2023.

This has no doubt been a truly be a challenging introduction to marriage for Derek and Hayley, who only just got married back in August 2023.

At the time, Derek told People, "It's so interesting what a small sort of piece of metal can do to your whole persona and your whole outlook on everything, where all of a sudden it's sort of like, oh, I have this promise that I carry with me all the time."

"And to want to be a man to live up to that promise daily for that person and for yourself and for others, it's a powerful thing. It's a beautiful thing," he added about his undying commitment to Hayley.

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