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Kelly Stafford home recovering after 12-hour brain surgery

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 4/22/2019 Dave Birkett
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Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, said Sunday on Instagram she is out of the hospital after undergoing a 12-hour surgery to remove a brain tumor earlier this week.

She underwent surgery Wednesday, and wrote that her procedure took twice as long as expected because of "an abnormal vein" but that she is home and "learning my new norm."

"This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me," Stafford wrote in a post that included a picture of her leaving the hospital with her husband, mother and brother, Buffalo Bills assistant coach Chad Hall, and video of her walking with assistance and talking quietly. "I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have. When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That's truly God's work."

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Stafford announced on Instagram earlier in April that doctors found an acoustic neuroma, or a benign tumor, resting on her cranial nerves after she complained of dizziness earlier this year.

She wrote at the time that she was "completely terrified" of her pending surgery.

On Wednesday, Stafford was admitted for a surgery that she said was supposed to take six hours.

"Now I am home and learning my new norm," Stafford wrote Sunday. "It'll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y'all will ever know."

The Staffords began dating as undergraduate students at Georgia and wed in 2015.

They have three children, twin girls Sawyer and Chandler, who were born in 2017, and a daughter, Hunter, who was born last August.

Matthew Stafford, who did not attend the first week of the Lions' offseason workout program last week, has not yet publicly commented on his wife's condition but Sunday marked the first time he appeared in a social media post this week.

Kelly Stafford posted a picture of her packing for the hospital on Tuesday, and Hall's picture Wednesday included just him, Kelly Stafford and their mother.

The Lions have not said when they expect Stafford to rejoin team - they can't begin formal football drills until next week - but general manager Bob Quinn said Stafford's situation has not caused him to alter plans for the draft, which begins Thursday.

The Lions are not expected to consider taking a quarterback early in the draft, but could look for backup help on Day 3.

Matthew Stafford, who turned 31 in February, is entering his 11th NFL season and holds virtually every Lions passing record.

"I would say that my prayers and the organization’s prayers are with him and his family and Kelly’s situation," Quinn said Thursday. "He kind of wants to keep everything private, so I’m going to kind of leave it at that. I don’t want to avoid your question, I just want to — he’s asked us to kind of keep everything private."

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Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett. Read more on the Detroit Lions and sign up for our free Lions newsletter.

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