A Timeline of Hayley Erbert's Health Scare and Her Ongoing Recovery

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Derek Hough's wife is on her road to recovery after she was hospitalized for a cranial hematoma and underwent an emergency surgery on Dec. 7, 2023

<p>Steven Simione/Getty</p> Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough.

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Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough.

Hayley Erbert is on her road to recovery.

Derek Hough announced in mid-December that his wife was hospitalized for a cranial hematoma and underwent an emergency craniectomy after performing on their Symphony of Dance tour.

The Dancing with the Stars judge said in an Instagram post that Erbert "became disoriented and was taken to the hospital." He revealed her diagnosis and informed his followers that she required immediate medical attention, adding that "she is in stable condition."

An intracranial hematoma is a collection of blood within the skull that creates pressure on the brain, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can be caused by a blood vessel that bursts in the brain or by trauma such as a car crash, fall or accident.

Erbert’s intracranial hematoma was treated with a craniectomy, which is a major brain surgery. According to the Cleveland Clinic, during the procedure, doctors remove a piece of the skull to address the hematoma; the skull portion is not replaced until enough progress has been made that the doctor can replace it later in a procedure known as a cranioplasty.

Here's everything we know about Hayley Erbert's recovery so far.

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December 7, 2023: Derek Hough reveals Hayley Erbert was hospitalized and rushed into surgery

<p>Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty</p> Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough.

Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty

Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough.

Hough revealed that his wife Erbert was hospitalized and rushed into emergency surgery on Dec. 7, 2023. He announced on Instagram that she was being treated for a cranial hematoma — when blood collects in the skull — after experiencing symptoms while on the couple's Symphony of Dance tour.

“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 wrote. “She was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniectomy. She is in stable condition.”

“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.

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December 7, 2023: Julianne Hough reposts Derek Hough's announcement and asks for prayers

Julianne Hough reshared her brother's message to her Instagram Story, along with a heartfelt request from her fans. "Please pray and send all your love, healing and light to Hayley and Derek 🙏," Julianne wrote. "Thank you from the depths of our families hearts!❤️"

December 8, 2023: Derek Hough reveals Hayley is on a ‘long road of recovery’

Hough expressed his gratitude to all who have extended well wishes to Erbert in another Instagram post on Dec. 8. “Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for the support and love that you have given us,” the Dancing with the Stars judge wrote in his update.

December 11, 2023: Alfonso Ribeiro asks followers to 'please send your prayers'

<p>Noam Galai/Getty Images; Jon Kopaloff/WireImage</p> Alfonso Ribeiro, Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert.

Noam Galai/Getty Images; Jon Kopaloff/WireImage

Alfonso Ribeiro, Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert.

Alfonso Ribeiro sent well wishes to the couple and asked his followers to do the same. The DWTS host posted a photo on Instagram of the couple on their wedding day, asking his followers to pray for them as Erbert recovers.

“Please send your prayers to @hayley.erbert and @derekhough and family,” Ribeiro wrote. “They mean everything to me and our family. Put love in your heart and send it to them.”

Related: Alfonso Ribeiro Asks Followers to 'Please Send Your Prayers' for Derek Hough's Wife Hayley as She Remains Hospitalized

December 15, 2023: Derek Hough says Hayley Erbert will need a skull implant

About a week after Hough shared the news of Erbert's "emergency craniectomy," he posted another update on his Instagram, along with a photo of himself and Erbert walking together on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where the couple was on a tour stop when Erbert experienced her medical emergency. In the video, Erbert wears a helmet to protect her skull where the craniectomy occurred.

“Her recovery process has been nothing short of a miracle,” the DWTS judge wrote. Although “Hayley is doing well,” she “still has a ways to go," he said.

Erbert will need another surgery in the next few weeks that will include a skull implant, the dancer explained. The skull implant will “replace the piece [of the skull] that was removed during the craniectomy," he continued. “It will restore the skull to its natural shape and protect the brain from injury."

He concluded the post with his continued thanks to his followers who've supported them during this hardship. "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 wrote.

Related: Derek Hough Says Wife Hayley Erbert Will Need Skull Implant After Emergency Craniectomy: 'Nothing Short of a Miracle'

December 20, 2023: Derek Hough opens up about Hayley Erbert's skull surgery

<p>Derek Hough/ Instagram</p> Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert.

Derek Hough/ Instagram

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert.

Hough shared that Erbert is undergoing surgery the morning of Dec. 20 to “replace a large portion of her skull” that was removed during her emergency craniectomy. He posted the update on his Instagram Story.

“I strongly believe all the prayers that have been sent with the intention and love of Hayley’s recovery has helped so much. I can’t thank you all enough.”

The Dancing with the Stars judge continued, “Please keep her in your prayers as I believe the collective energy helped her through these past few weeks. We love you we thank you.”

December 21, 2023: Derek Hough shares Hayley Erbert's skull surgery was 'successful'

The day after Erbert's skull surgery, Hough posted an update on Instagram. "With immense relief, gratitude and overwhelming joy I’d like to share that Hayley’s cranioplasty surgery has been successfully completed as planned," he wrote.

"My sincere appreciation goes to the exceptional medical team. Their expertise and steady hands were pivotal in this journey, ensuring a smooth and successful surgery. Especially Dr. Mai who not only performed the surgery but was also the one who saved her life 2 weeks ago."

"We are profoundly touched by the outpouring of support and prayers from each of you. Your thoughts, prayers, and positive energy have been a source of strength and comfort for us during this challenging time. It’s truly heartwarming to know how much love and care surrounds us.

He went on to say, "This surgery marks a significant milestone in my wife’s recovery journey, and your support has played a crucial role in getting us here. We are filled with hope and optimism for the future, knowing she is on the path to a full recovery, surrounded by such a loving community."

December 25, 2023: Hayley Erbert celebrates Christmas Day with Derek Hough

Erbert and the Hough wished their followers a Merry Christmas on Dec. 25 by sharing a photo of themselves kissing in front of a Christmas tree on Instagram. They celebrated their first holiday season together as a married couple amid Erbert's recovery.

"Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! 🎄 Cherishing the greatest gift of all," the couple captioned the joint post. "The precious gift of life and the love we share. Hold your loved ones close and treasure every moment. ♥️."

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