Former U.S. women’s national team star Lauren Holiday is recovering after having surgery earlier this week to remove a benign brain tumor.
Holiday underwent the procedure at Duke University just one month after she and her husband, New Orleans Pelicans’ (NBA) point guard Jrue Holiday welcomed the birth of their daughter, Jrue Tyler Holiday.
In a statement released by the agent of Holiday’s husband, Glushon Sports Management said Holiday will continue to recover in North Carolina with husband and daughter.
— Glushon Sports Mgmt (@GlushonSM) October 23, 2016
Holiday’s brain tumor was discovered during pregnancy and doctors decided to operate only after she gave birth. Doctors induced delivery to move up the timeline on the brain-tumor operation.
Several former U.S. teammates showed support for Holiday during last week’s U.S. matches against Switzerland by wearing “LH12” on their wrists.
— Morgan Brian (@moeebrian) October 20, 2016
Holiday amassed 130 caps for the U.S., helping the team win the 2015 World Cup as well as Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. She scored 24 goals, including the game-winner in the 2015 World Cup final. Holiday won two NWSL Championships with FC Kansas City ans was named the league’s inaugural MVP in 2013.