The moment Kelly Stafford knew something was wrong, and more from TV interview

Kirkland Crawford
Detroit Free Press

Kelly Stafford said the room started to spin. 

A moderate concern heightened because Stafford was holding her infant daughter and thought her dizziness would cause her to drop her child. 

"I kind of just, like, almost threw her to Matthew because I felt myself going down," Stafford told Local 4's Hank Winchester.

Matthew, of course, is Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. The couple sat down with Winchester and, for the first time, shared Kelly's story of learning she had a brain tumor, having it removed and the long road to recovery.

The interview aired on Channel 4 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Kelly announced on social media in April that she had been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a brain tumor, and would have surgery to remove it.

Kelly and Matt Stafford pose for a photo before Kelly's surgery to remove a brain tumor. She posted the photo on her Instagram account.

Matthew said the Lions' team doctor was a big help in finding which surgeon would operate on his wife. 

Dr. B. Gregory Thompson from the University of Michigan, led the team of surgeons who worked on Stafford for 12 hours, much longer than originally expected. Kelly said in an Instagram post that Thompson actually saved her hearing during the surgery

The television interview also featured video of Kelly recuperating and walking in the hospital and at home. 

"He never left my side," Kelly said in the interview. "When I say I couldn't do anything ... he had to be by my side at every moment."

Stafford ended up missing a week of offseason conditioning with the Lions while helping his wife recover. 

"Situations like this change your perspective on a lot of things," Stafford said on Day 2 of organized team activities back in May. "It kind of puts stuff where it should be. But it’s been good. Like I said, I’m just happy to be out here throwing the ball around to some really talented guys, having some fun, playing some ball."

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