Former NFL quarterback Alex Smith details his daughter’s emergency brain surgery


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Former NFL quarterback Alex Smith has revealed in a social media post that his daughter Sloane has a rare brain tumor.

In an Instagram post, Smith shared that her daughter was diagnosed with a very rare malignancy last month. She had to undergo a 10-hour procedure to remove the tumor.

FILE – Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivai, Files)

“On May 10, Sloane was rushed to the emergency room with symptoms resembling a stroke,” Smith wrote. “She had an MRI and the doctors quickly informed us that she had a large brain tumor and needed an emergency craniotomy. The amazing neurosurgeons @stanforchildrens did a miraculous job and managed to remove 100% of the tumor.”

“Sloane – in her true form – recovered from brain surgery like a rock star! She didn’t skip a beat,” he continued. “After weeks of waiting on pathology, we have learned that Sloane’s Tumor is a very rare malignancy with very few documented cases – with no clear roadmap for treatment. We are currently awaiting more tests and collecting as many advice as possible from physicians across the country to decide on the best course of action.”

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Smith pointed out that her young daughter was healed from surgery and was “back to her bubbly self”.

The ex-soccer star said that while he doesn’t usually share messages about his children, he felt it was necessary to share Sloane’s situation and thank “the incredible medical team, the family, friends, acquaintances and even some strangers who have touched our lives over the past month and a half.”

Sloane is the youngest of Smith’s three children and his only daughter.

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“This has been by far the hardest time we have ever been through,” Smith wrote. “We know it’s not over and we have a journey ahead of us, but without all of you, we couldn’t have gotten this far. We’re sorry if we seem withdrawn. It’s because we are… We have been inundated with doctor appointments, exams, labs and are doing our best to navigate through this. Most importantly, we are healing together as a family.

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Washington quarterbacks Steven Montez (6), Alex Smith (11) and Kyle Allen (8) work out during practice at the team's NFL Football Training Center on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington quarterbacks Steven Montez (6), Alex Smith (11) and Kyle Allen (8) work out during practice at the team’s NFL Football Training Center on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Smith, 38, played for the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and now Washington Commanders during his 14 NFL seasons.

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He suffered a horrific broken leg in 2018 in a game against the Houston Texans that would later turn into a life-threatening infection. After undergoing 17 surgeries over the course of nine months, Smith survived and would return to the field for the 2020 season before announcing his retirement. Smith then joined ESPN in August 2021 as an NFL analyst.


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