TV Star Gets Emotional After Wife’s Fight For Life, ‘She Really Is A Miracle’

Los Angeles, CA – Dancing with the Stars judge Derek Hough couldn’t be prouder of his wife, Hayley Erbert, who recently underwent emergency surgery after suffering a cranial hematoma. The 38-year-old dancer spoke about his wife’s health recovery at the Los Angeles premiere of This Is Me… Now: A Love Story, in which he stars alongside Jennifer Lopez, on Tuesday.

Hough expressed his awe for his wife’s strength, stating that he knew she was strong when he married her, but he didn’t realize just how strong until now. “I’m just, I really am in awe of her everyday,” he said. “She’s incredible. She really is a miracle and I don’t really throw that word around lightly, but she really is.”

On December 7th, 2023, Erbert underwent an “emergency craniectomy” after suffering a cranial hematoma during the pair’s Symphony of Dance tour stop in Washington, D.C. She then underwent further surgery on December 20th to replace a large portion of her skull that was removed during the initial craniectomy.

Hough shared that it has been a wild and emotional time for the couple, going from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. However, despite the challenges, he couldn’t be more proud and inspired by his wife’s perseverance and strength throughout the experience.

The emergency surgery came just three months after the couple tied the knot in August 2023. Hough has been providing regular updates on his wife’s recovery on social media and has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from fans.

Earlier this month, Hough and Erbert opened up about their experience in an emotional video posted on Instagram. Hough shared, “It’s been wild … 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.”

Erbert also spoke about her recovery, stating that she still has good and bad days emotionally and physically, but is grateful for the progress she is making every day. She also revealed her new haircut, scar, and fluid sac on the side of her face that is expected to eventually go away.

The couple expressed their gratitude to everyone who has supported them during this difficult time and shared that Erbert’s experience has given her a new outlook on life. She is grateful to be alive and is determined to continue her journey to recovery.

In the video, Erbert also thanked her husband for being by her side and supporting her throughout this challenging experience. The couple’s love and bond have only grown stronger through this ordeal, and they are grateful to have each other.

The couple’s story has touched the hearts of many, with fans from all over the world sending them love, prayers, and well-wishes. Hough and Erbert are overwhelmed with the support and are using their platform to raise awareness about the importance of health and caring for one’s well-being.

As for Erbert’s future, she is taking things day by day and focusing on her recovery. Hough shared that there have been many little triumphs along the way, and they are grateful for each one. He also emphasized that his wife is truly a miracle and that they are taking this journey one step at a time.



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