Kelly Stafford Brain Surgery Is Happening Today

Her brother asked for prayers

Evan Jankens
April 17, 2019 - 3:27 pm

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Kelly Stafford announced on her Instagram account on April 3, that she was going to need surgery for a brain tumor and it looks like the surgery is happening today. 

Her formal diagnosis is acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma, a very rare type of benign tumor that develops on the nerves leading from the inner ear to the brain, per the MayoClinic. It can cause hearing loss, loss of balance, dizziness and facial numbness.

If treated properly -- in this case, surgically removed -- it is generally not considered life-threatening. 

Wednesday morning, her brother, and former NFL player Chad Hall announced on his Instagram account that Kelly was undergoing surgery Wednesday.

He captioned the post, "Please pray for my baby sister’s surgery today. Philippians 4:6-7 “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Thank you!"

Please pray for my baby sister’s surgery today. Philippians 4:6-7 “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Thank you!

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Matthew Stafford's teammate Graham Glasgow gave a positive update on Tuesday about Kelly's condition. 

"When Kelly posted about it on Instagram and you guys had picked it up and wrote about it, I sent him a text and I recently talked to him about it (again). He seems like he’s doing well and I think their family’s doing well," said Glasgow. 

At the same time, Glasgow's trying to keep his distance. 

"It’s just a tough time for them," he said. 

The Lions started their offseason conditioning program on Monday in Allen Park. Without Stafford at the facility like he normally is, numerous players are trying to fill the void.