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Former United States women’s national team midfielder Lauren Holiday underwent surgery Thursday to have a brain tumor removed.
BBC Newsbeat reported Friday she had surgery to remove the “benign growth” just a month after giving birth. Jeremy Brilliant of WTHR noted it was a “complicated procedure” to deal with the issue impacting the outer layer of the brain.
Holiday, who’s married to New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, received 133 caps for the senior national team before retiring after last year’s World Cup triumph. She also helped the team win Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012.
She recently posted a message on social media to thank fans for their outpouring of support:
Thank you all for your continued support and especially prayers. I love you all.
— Lauren Holiday (@laurenholiday12) October 10, 2016
Her husband announced in early September he would miss at least the start of the 2016-17 NBA season to help care for his wife and their newborn baby. He told Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune the support from the organization was terrific.
“The Pelicans have been great,” Jrue Holiday said. “There wasn’t any pressure to be with the team or to choose between my team and my wife. They told me to be a husband first. I don’t think they know how much their support means to me and my family.”
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry reiterated that stance, which he stated comes from the top with owner Tom Benson and his family, last week, per John Reid of NOLA.com.
“We’re not putting any pressure on him whatsoever on him because the top priority is his family and that’s not just from us, that’s from the Bensons,” Gentry said. “They made that perfectly clear that family will always come first here.”
Matthew Glenesk of USA Today reported Lauren Holiday gave birth to a healthy baby girl last month.