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Lauren Holiday gives birth, awaits brain surgery

Lauren Holiday gave birth to a healthy baby girl last week. Now, she awaits surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Lauren Holiday gave birth to a healthy baby girl last week. Now, she awaits surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Lauren Holiday gave birth to a newborn girl in North Carolina last week, New Orleans Pelicans players revealed. Holiday will now wait six weeks before undergoing surgery to have a benign brain tumor removed.

Holiday’s husband, Jrue, is a point guard for the NBA’s Pelicans and will miss an indefinite amount of time this season to be with his wife. His teammates revealed the news of the couple’s addition to the family at the Pelicans’ media day.

“She had a baby girl, so she’s doing fine,” Pelicans star Anthony Davis said. “Now it’s time to get Lauren back on track.”

When it was announced earlier this month that Holiday has a benign tumor near her orbital socket, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that doctors hoped to induce labor in late September, ahead of schedule. Doctors wanted to perform the brain surgery until six weeks after Holiday gave birth.

The Holidays will spend the next few months in North Carolina, near Lauren’s doctors at Duke University.

Lauren Holiday retired from soccer last year as a two-time Olympic gold-medalist and 2015 World Cup winner, scoring the game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory over Japan in last year’s World Cup final. She also won back-to-back NWSL Championships with FC Kansas City in 2014 and 2015, and she was named NWSL MVP in the league’s inaugural 2013 season.

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