On Saturday, Alex Smith revealed that his daughter and youngest child Sloan were diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in May that required emergency surgery.
The retired NFL quarterback who survived a life-threatening health emergency announced the news on Instagram along with a photo of Sloane. Smith wrote that the doctors were able to remove “100% of the tumor” and that Sloane “returned to normal” after the operation. He also wrote that his family is awaiting testing to learn more about the treatment of “a very rare cancer.”
“On May 10, Sloane was brought to the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms,” 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 incredible neurosurgeons @stanforchildrens did a wonderful job and were able to remove 100% of the tumor.
Sloan – in her true form – recovered from her brain surgery like a rock star! She didn’t miss a second. After weeks of waiting for pathology, we learned that Sloan’s tumor is a very rare malignant tumor with very few documented cases – with no clear roadmap for treatment. We are currently awaiting additional tests and are gathering as many opinions as we can from doctors across the country to decide the best path forward.”
Smith went on to thank the doctors, friends and strangers who helped and supported Sloan.
Smith, 38, spent 14 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, and spent the last two seasons with Washington. He retired after the 2020 season. In 2018, he suffered a serious injury on the pitch that resulted in broken leg bones that pierced the skin. He developed a carnivorous bacteria infection that threatened his leg and life. In the end he it took 17 operations to treat injury and infection.
He survived and recovered, not only to go back to the last season of the NFL in Washington in 2020 after being out of the game for almost two years. Last season, he worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN. He and his wife Elizabeth Barry have three children, including Sloane.