Robin Roberts, the popular co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” was recovering today after undergoing a bone marrow transplant Thursday, ABC News reports.
The procedure was part of her treatment for MDS, a bone marrow disorder that affects the production of blood cells.
“The transplant was a five-minute procedure in which the donor cells from Robin’s sister, Sally-Ann, were injected into Robin’s system through a syringe,” ABC News reported.
Appearing today on “GMA,” Dr. Gail Roboz, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center oncologist who is treating Roberts, said: “Nobody can believe it. People have in their mind all kinds of images of what can happen in a transplant but it’s still an incredibly powerful moment. Inside of that syringe are millions and millions of stem cells that are now circulating around and trying to find their home and start growing, which is what we’re going to be looking for over the next couple of weeks.”
During the procedure Roberts was surrounded by her siblings and other loved ones, including “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer and “GMA’s” weather anchor, Sam Champion.
“It was an emotional, scary and yet exhilarating moment, one that I’ll never forget,” Champion said.
After the procedure, Roberts said: “I will now wait and anxiously watch and see what happens. In the next seven to 10 days my counts will continue to go up and we’ll be on to phase three, which will be get out of here. Get out of here. Go home. It’s a journey.”
Click here to read ABC News’ full update on Roberts’ treatment, including details about what is expected in the weeks ahead.