Former NFL Quarterback Alex Smith’s Young Daughter Undergoes Surgery to Remove ‘Large’ Brain Tumor After Showing ‘Stroke-Like Symptoms’

Alex Smith revealed the news about his daughter in an Instagram post over the weekend | CREDIT: ALEX SMITH/INSTAGRAM

Former NFL quarterback Alex Smith is speaking out about the “challenging time” he and his family are facing as they work to learn more about his daughter’s health scare.

In a lengthy post on Instagram over the weekend, the father of three revealed that his daughter Sloane recently had to undergo surgery to remove a brain tumor. Accompanying a carousel of images of his daughter, the former Washington Commanders player, introduced Sloane to his followers.

“This is Sloane Kenzington Smith, our baby, the youngest of three and our only girl,” he wrote. “She is sweet, selfless, intelligent, hilarious, witty, fun-loving, an artist, a singer, and a dancing machine. But most of all she is an incredibly strong girl that has a ton of fight in her.”

He then wrote that the first image was captured just a few weeks before his family’s “lives changed.” On May 10th, their daughter was exhibiting “stroke-like symptoms” and was rushed to the emergency room. There, she had an MRI and doctors discovered she had “a large brain tumor and needed an emergency craniotomy.”

“The 10-hour procedure was the most excruciating time of our lives,” Smith wrote. “A clock has never moved so slowly. The incredible neurosurgeons @stanfordchildrens did a miraculous job and were able to remove 100% of the tumor.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Alexandra Schonfeld