Kelly Stafford, wife of Lions QB, returns home after 12 hours of brain surgery

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Easter Sunday came with some very happy news from the family of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Kelly Stafford, Matthew’s wife and mother to their three daughters, announced through Instagram that she had returned home after undergoing a lengthy surgery to remove a brain tumor that had been found a month earlier.

Kelly Stafford’s good news

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Per Stafford, the surgery was scheduled to take six hours, but actually lasted 12 after an abnormal vein was found. In a happy development Stafford attributes to God’s work, her surgeon had actually written a paper on the same type of abnormal vein and knew how to overcome it.

Stafford also shared a video of her slowly walking with some guidance back to her room. She says she is now back home and “learning my new norm.” That last part could mean any number of things due to the complex nature of brain surgery, though a surgeon who spoke to the Detroit Free Press said hearing loss is common from this sort of surgery.

Hearing loss was one of the side effects Stafford admitted she was afraid of when announcing she needed the surgery:

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery. I am. I am terrified of them opening my head, I’m terrified of losing my hearing, I’m terrified of losing facial function, I’m terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long.

Hopefully, it all gets better from here.

The Stafford family reportedly chose well with Kelly's brain surgeon. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
The Stafford family reportedly chose well with Kelly's brain surgeon. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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