Nikki Bella shares update after mom undergoes brain surgery

The “Total Bellas” star shared the news about their mother, Kathy Colace Laurinaitis, on Instagram.

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By Alyssa Newcomb and Yi-Jin Yu

Nikki Bella is thanking fans and followers after revealing her mother would be undergoing brain surgery.

"Mama Bella had a very successful surgery! Can’t thank you all enough for your prayers, love, light and beautiful words," the 36-year-old wrote on Wednesday alongside a video message.

"Took a lot longer than expected but it's because the doctors really wanted to make sure that everything was taken out because if we didn't catch this, it actually could have been fatal," Nikki said in her video clip.

She expressed her gratitude, adding in the caption, "Can’t wait for my Mom to see how loved she is. It’s going to mean the world to her. Now prayers for her recovery! And thank you to the surgeons who took such incredible care of her. Can’t thank you all enough! Feeling very blessed and grateful right now. So relieved and happy. Can’t wait to squeeze my Mom! She’ll be in ICU for a few days but when I can she’s getting a really big hug and kiss! @mrjohnlaurinaitis thank you for being her and our family’s rock! We all couldn’t have gotten through today without you! Love you!"

Both Nikki and her twin sister, Brie Bella, posted on Instagram before their mother's surgery, asking for "all the prayers and love."

The "Total Bellas" stars told their followers that doctors had discovered a mass on the brain stem of their mom, Kathy Colace Laurinaitis, that had been paralyzing her face and that she would be undergoing surgery to remove it.

"Our Mama Bella, our Gigi, our Gato is about to head into brain surgery. I ask for so many prayers, so much light and love sent her way," Nikki wrote on Tuesday in an Instagram post. She also shared photos of the Bella matriarch smiling with her family over the years.

"Sadly they found what you can compare to a tumor on her brain stem that has been paralyzing her face. I have faith that the amazing doctors will do an incredible job and our Gigi will be on the road to recovery starting late today," Nikki added. "She’s loved by so many of us and just pray that her road to recovery is exactly what we are hoping for so we can put two new grand babies in her arms soon. Love you SOOO much Mom! You have a big Bella Army out here praying for you!!"

Fans may recognize Colace Laurinaitis from her daughters' reality show, which she has made guest appearances on several times since 2016.

Brie sent her mom good vibes with a sweet Instagram post Tuesday as well. She said doctors initially thought her mom had Bell's palsy, a sudden and temporary weakness in facial muscles that causes one side of the face to droop.

"She’s a strong one and I know all her angels will be with her. #BellaArmy send Mama Bella all the prayers and love today," Brie wrote.

It's been an eventful year for the Bella Twins. Nikki and her fiancé Artem Chigvintsev, are expecting their first child this summer, around the same time that Brie and husband Daniel Bryan are expecting baby no. 2.