Roberts’ Long Road to Recovery Could Take Six Months: Report

by | August 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM | Good Morning America, TV News

"Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts (Photo: ABC News)

UPDATED: “GMA” co-host Robin Roberts’ recovery from a bone-marrow transplant could take as long as six months, which means she may not be back on the show until next spring, a New York Post story published on Tuesday says. The story — here — takes an in-depth look at the disease afflicting Roberts — myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), also known as “pre-leukemia” — and the challenges she’ll face after receiving bone marrow donated by her sister, Sally-Ann. Among the challenges: Her body’s immune system will be greatly weakened for a time following the transplant, making her susceptible to a host of additional ailments. And in 2-3 months, the story says, her body could reject the donor marrow.

PREVIOUSLY: “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts will leave the ABC morning show for an extended medical leave, starting next week.

This Friday, Aug. 31, will be her last day on “GMA” for the time being. Next Tuesday, she’ll enter a hospital to begin lengthy treatments for MDS — myelodysplastic syndrome — an ailment also known as “pre-leukemia.” Roberts, 51, made the announcement Monday morning on “GMA.” ABC News later issued its own press release.

The announcements were unspecific about the length of Roberts’ absence, except to indicate that her treatment will take “months.” Among the treatments she’ll have to undergo — a bone marrow transplant with marrow donated by her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts.

The announcements indicated that Roberts will be far from forgotten on the ABC morning show during her treatment and recovery. This week, the show plans “extensive reporting” on all aspects of her treatment, including an interview with her doctor.

The coverage will include related stories of families who have endured similar challenges posed by MDS, with “uplifting” outcomes, according to ABC.

And in the months ahead, “GMA” will continue to provide updates on Roberts and how she’s doing. There will even be a Web page — to be announced Thursday — where fans can leave their get-well wishes for Roberts.

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