Derek Hough and his wife, Hayley Erbert, cherished “the precious gift of life and love” they share together in a sweet Christmas photo as Erbert recovers from emergency surgery at brain for bleeding in the skull.
The “Dancing With the Stars” alums shared a photo on Instagram of them kissing in front of their Christmas tree with Erbert wearing a festive green polka dot scarf around her head as she continues her recovery.
“Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! 🎄 Cherishing the greatest gift of all,” the couple, who are celebrating their first Christmas together since getting married this summer, wrote in a joint message. “The precious gift of life and love we share. Keep your loved ones close and cherish every moment. ♥️”
Many current and former “Dancing With the Stars” members shared their support in the comments.
“You are our Christmas miracle,” commented Julianne Hough, Hough’s sister.
“It’s so good to see you! Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁 sending you so much love,” wrote longtime “DWTS” judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
“Merry Christmas ❤️, sending you love, light and healing,” former “Glee” star and “DWTS” alum Heather Morris commented.
The happy update came after Hough, 38, shared on Instagram that Erbert, 29, underwent surgery on Dec. 20 to replace part of his skull that was removed during a craniectomy. early in the month.
“It is with immense relief, gratitude and immense joy that I would like to announce that Hayley’s cranioplasty surgery went successfully as planned,” he wrote.
He shared on Dec. 7 that Erbert was hospitalized at the end of their professional dance tour in Washington, D.C., because she was disoriented.
Doctors diagnosed him with a cranial hematoma due to a burst blood vessel that required an emergency craniectomy, according to Hough. He followed up with an Instagram video on Dec. 15 of the two of them walking together in front of the Washington Monument, with Erbert wearing a protective helmet.
“It was a time filled with uncertainty and fear, going from our dreams on stage to a nightmare in an instant,” Hough wrote. “But today we are filled with hope and relief.”
He added that her healing process was “a miracle” before noting that she would undergo another surgery to replace the part of her skull that was removed during the emergency operation.
“It’s a profound reminder of how fragile life can be and how quickly things can change,” he wrote. “But it also showed us the incredible strength and resilience that lies within us and the power of having a supportive community around us.”