Isabella Strahan Reveals She Underwent Unexpected Surgery Amid Brain Cancer Battle

The 19-year-old daughter of Michael Strahan shared new details on her brain tumor battle.

Isabella Strahan, who is currently undergoing her first round of chemotherapy for brain cancer, recently shared several unexpected setbacks that led to emergency surgery. 

On Tuesday, the 19-year-old daughter of Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan posted the latest vlog of her YouTube series, where she's been documenting her cancer treatment journey after having emergency surgery in October to remove a large medulloblastoma in her cerebellum. In the vlog, Isabella shared that she was in the hospital because she came down with a fever, adding that she'd been there for three days already.

"I've just been getting a lot of fevers," she explained in the video. "If you get a fever over 100.4, you have to go in."

After three days in the hospital, during which she endured a blood transfusion, a MRI, and having her chemo port cleaned -- which she said was "really painful" -- Isabella was discharged. "Get me outta here!" she wrote over the video.

But the aspiring model found herself back in the hospital less than 12 hours later.

"I catfished everyone," she joked. "I got a fever of 102 and had to come back in. So we're trying to figure out what's wrong but no one can find out what's wrong." 

"This is the worst fever I think I've had," she admitted. "I don't feel as horrible as I did the first time. I just have a really bad headache so I thought nothing of it and now we're in the ER."


"I don't feel great. I don't feel horrible," Isabella said. "I've felt worse but I don't feel good. I feel like I can barely walk now." From behind the camera, her father's girlfriend, Kayla Quick, reminded her that she had been walking through the hospital two days ago before Isabella added, "It's really declined."

Unfortunately, the night didn't end the way Isabella had hoped. The vlog concluded with Isabella providing an update before heading into an unexpected surgery to drain fluid from the back of her head.

"I have surgery last minute now to drain fluid from the back of my head," she explained in the video. "So they're just going to stick a needle in my head and drain it."

"I'll be under anesthesia," she added, "but still very not what I planned to do because I didn't plan on coming back to the hospital."

Last month, Michael opened up about the emotional setback in Isabella's treatment. 

"The last three days have been a little rough because she had a fever that kind of comes and goes," the 52-year-old told his co-anchors. "I had to take her to the hospital and thought she'd come home a few hours later. ...It's been three days, but hopefully she'll be home today."

The former NFL star added that the side effects Isabella has faced since starting chemotherapy at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center in Durham, North Carolina, have been "expected" but still difficult.

"It is tough to see her go through it, but I know she's a tough young lady and she's going to make it through it," he added.

On the bright side, Michael shared that he and Isabella have appreciated all the support they have received from friends, family, and strangers. 

"I think, for her, so many people have reached out and said, 'I'm glad you're doing this,' 'Thank you for doing this,' 'This has really helped us,' and all that support that she is getting from people she doesn't know, on top of people that she does know, has kept her in a very positive space," he told his co-anchors. "So thank you to everybody."