ABC’s Roberts gets bone marrow transplant
Published: September 21, 2012 04:01PM
Updated: September 21, 2012 04:01PM
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This Aug. 20, 2012 photo released by ABC shows co-host Robin Roberts during a broadcast of "Good Morning America," in New York. On Monday's edition of the ABC News wakeup program, Roberts made official the start date for what's being called her "extended medical leave." Roberts told viewers in July that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia. She says she will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the bone marrow transplant that will take place about 10 days after that. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)

New York • ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts is already wishing to leave the hospital following her bone marrow transplant.

Her oncologist, Dr. Gail Ropoz, said on the morning show that Roberts had emailed that note Friday, a day after the procedure. ABC showed a brief video clip of Roberts in her hospital bed receiving bone marrow from her donor sister to treat MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease.

Ropoz said Roberts is being monitored to guard against infection and to see that her white blood cell count is increasing. She said Roberts can expect some good and bad days in her recovery.

She was surrounded by family and friends during the five-minute procedure, including ABC anchor Diane Sawyer.