Robin Roberts Cancer: Surrounded by Family and Friends during 5-min Bone Marrow Transplant [VIDEO]

By Danica Bellini | Sep 21, 2012 12:04 PM EDT
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"Good Morning America" news anchor Robin Roberts was surrounded by loving family and friends as she underwent a 5-minute long bone marrow transplant procedure Thursday, Sept. 21 to help in her battle against MDS. An ABC news team was there to capture the emotional moment, as Roberts faced her cancer treatment with strength, courage, and even a little bit of humor.

"Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion was in the hospital room to support Roberts and said, "It was an emotional, scary and yet exhilarating moment, one that I'll never forget."

Dr. Gail Roboz, a New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center oncologist who is treating Roberts, explained the 5-minute long bone marrow transplant procedure on "Good Morning America" on Friday: "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."

Donor cells from Roberts' sister Sally-Ann were injected into the 51-year-old's body during that short but extremely important procedure.

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Prior to the procedure, Roberts underwent intensive rounds of chemo treatments. the Rev. A.R. Bernard Before Dr. Sergio Giralt injected Sally-Ann's donated bone marrow on Thursday, the Reverance A.R. Bernard said a prayer for Roberts. Following the procedure Roberts and crew were in high spirits and began belting out one of her favorite tunes, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Roberts said about the procedure: "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."

While Dr. Roboz believes Roberts will lack energy the next few days, she said she received an email from the popular broadcaster this morning - Roberts "Sounds energized" and "wants to be out of bed and go home" (with an exclamation point).

Doctors plan on working hard in the next several weeks to prevent Roberts' body from rejecting the bone marrow transplant. Roberts' remaining time in the hospital will be determined by how well her body responds to the transplant.


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