, who retired last year at the age of 28 to start a family with her husband, NBA star Jrue Holiday
, gave birth to a healthy baby girl, allowing the former U.S. women's star
to have surgery in the future on a benign brain tumor with which she was diagnosed.
In announcing Lauren's illness, Jrue Holiday said he will miss an indefinite part of the 2016-17 season
to tend to his family.
“We don’t have a timetable on his return,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said of Holiday
on Friday. “When the time is right, Jrue will come back to
the team. We feel as an organization — led by the Bensons [the family that owns the team] — that it’s most important for him to be a husband right now. For now, our hearts and
prayers are with them, and we hope that Lauren has successful surgery.”
Suffering from persistent headaches, Lauren Holiday went to her doctor and was diagnosed having a benign
brain tumor near her orbital socket.
When her illness was announced, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported
that doctors hoped to be able to induce labor in late September and planned to perform Holiday's
surgery about six weeks after the birth at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina
Two days after scoring for the USA in its 5-2 win over Japan in the 2015 Women's World Cup final,
Holiday announced that she was retiring from the national team and would quit soccer after the NWSL season with FC Kansas City. She also won two Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 with the national
team and NWSL titles with FCKC in 2014 and 2015.