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Robin Roberts Upbeat After Bone Marrow Transplant

But 'I think she misses her mother,' says doctor

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 21, 2012 10:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Robin Roberts "is doing fantastic" after a bone marrow transplant yesterday to treat a rare blood disorder—but, added her doctor in a poignant footnote on Good Morning America, "I think she misses her mother." Roberts' mom died the day after Roberts took leave from her job at GMA to prepare for the transplant, the New York Daily News reports. Roberts was surrounded by loved ones during the five-minute procedure, and they sang "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" after it was finished. Her sister Sally was the donor.

Roberts may not feel better for about two weeks, but her attitude is positive. “I got a good email this morning,” her doctor says. “This morning she sounds energized and she wants to be out of bed and the end of the email was, 'I want to go home' with an exclamation point.” GMA did a special report on the transplant this morning.

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