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Wife of NFL QB Had Lucky Break During Brain Surgery

It relates to an 'abnormal vein'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2019 8:25 AM CDT
In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, right, smiles while watching the Detroit Pistons play the Cleveland Cavaliers with his wife, Kelly, left, in Auburn Hills,...   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

(Newser) – An "abnormal vein" threw a kink into Kelly Stafford's brain surgery Wednesday, stretching the procedure from an expected six hours to 12, but thanks to a neurosurgeon, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is now in recovery mode, per the Detroit Free Press. "Now I am home and learning my new norm," Kelly Stafford wrote Sunday on Instagram, following the surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor that had been leaning on her cranial nerves. Per AJC.com, an Instagram post from Stafford at the beginning of April revealed she'd first started feeling dizzy over the past year, with full-fledged vertigo hitting her in January; a subsequent MRI revealed the tumor.

And Wednesday, "when they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein," Stafford posted on Instagram. But while it may have been "abnormal for other neurosurgeons," it wasn't for Stafford's doctor. "He had seen it before and written a paper on it," she noted. "That's truly God's work." Stafford also thanked well-wishers for prayers for her family. "Although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through," she wrote. Stafford has three young children with her quarterback husband, who hasn't yet commented publicly on his wife's condition. (Matthew Stafford has claimed the title of "highest-paid NFL player.")

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