He explained that doctors informed Smiths that she “had a large brain tumor and needed an emergency craniotomy”.
Ten hours of surgery at Stanford Children’s Health was “the most unbearable time of our lives,” he wrote. Neurosurgeons, he said, removed all the tumor and Sloan “in her true form – came back from brain surgery like a rock star! She did not skip a beat.”
However, pathology determined that she had “a very rare malignant tumor with very few documented cases – without a clear roadmap for treatment. We are currently awaiting more tests and collecting as many opinions as we can from doctors across the country to determine the best the way forward. We wish this was simple, clear and someone gave us a guide. It’s anything but that. “
Alex Smith opens up about new ESPN job, retirement and his final season
The 6-year-old “has healed” and is “back to his bubbly self. To sing, dance, laugh and have a good time.” He added that “most of all, she is an incredibly strong girl who has lots of fighting in her.”
Smith thanked “our wonderful medical team, family, friends, acquaintances and even some strangers who have touched our lives in the last month and a half. We have struggled to keep up with conversations, text messages, communication and try to keep loved ones updated. “This has been by far the most challenging time we’ve ever been through. We know it’s not over and we have a journey ahead of us, but without all of you we could not have come this far.”
Alex and Elizabeth were open about his long recovery and comeback from the broken leg that ended his NFL career, and shared the story with ESPN and talked about how his life was put at risk by infection. He apologized in the post for seeming “withdrawn” in the face of this challenge.
“We are sorry if we seem withdrawn. It’s because we are… We have been inundated with doctor appointments, scans, labs and trying our best to navigate through this. The most important thing is that we heal together as a family. “