Eleven days after undergoing a bone-marrow transplant, “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts is now in medical isolation, in an attempt to prevent infection. On June 11, Roberts, 51, revealed that she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disease referred to as MDS. She left the show in late August to begin treatment, and has reached a critical period in her recovery.
“She’s in a time frame now where the stem cells from the donor start to grow in. The earliest is 10 days and it could take up to 15 days,” Dr. Andrew Pecora, the vice president of cancer services at Hackensack University Medical Center, told the New York Post. According to the doctor, Roberts’ donor was her sister, Sally, giving her an advantage. “This is the crucial time to see whether the stem cells grow in or not. The greatest likelihood is that her sister’s stem cells will grow in. There’s much less worry when it’s a related donor.”
The medical team in charge of Roberts’ care has appeared on “Good Morning America” to discuss her treatment, and her fans have been regularly updated on her progress. While in isolation yesterday, Roberts sent out a few positive tweets. “Playing fun songs in isolation: Can’t Touch That. Others?” she asked fans.
“I’m doing well, receiving excellent care. Now we wait . . . and pray,” she said of her own condition.