Robin Roberts had her bone marrow transplant yesterday!
The procedure only took five minutes!
Her sister's donor cells were injected into her and now they just have to wait.
During this time, she's very vulnerable because they basically just hit the reset button on her immune system.
The doctor who is treating Robin said the following about it:
"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."
So the doctors will be checking to make sure the stem cells find the right home and start doing what they should do.
Robin herself 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."
She's so positive!
She and all her family and friends began to sing Ain't No Mountain High enough right after the procedure.
We hope she recovers fully and quickly and gets back home!
[Image via Facebook/Robin Roberts.]
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