Robin Roberts enjoys New York"s fall sunshine with her sisters as she returns to hospital for outpatient appointment


Robin Roberts enjoys New York's fall sunshine with her sisters as she returns to hospital for outpatient appointment

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UPDATED:

16:36 GMT, 12 October 2012

After leaving hospital yesterday, 21 days after her bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts was seen enjoying New York's fresh air and sunshine as she returned for a routine outpatient appointment this morning.

Wearing a surgical mask, plastic gloves, and a baseball cap, the television anchor was seen walking into Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with her smiling sisters, Sally Ann and Dorothy.

The 51-year-old's emotional return home yesterday was a major milestone, however her recovery process is far from over, and daily hospital check-ups are mandatory.

Recovery process: After leaving hospital yesterday, 21 days after her bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts returned to New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering with her sister, Sally Ann, this morning

Recovery process: After leaving hospital yesterday, 21 days after her bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts returned to New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering with her sister, Sally Ann, this morning

As Ms Roberts' surgeon, Dr Sergio
Giralt, explained, her immune system is 'literally 20 days old'.

However the relief on Ms Roberts' face was clear to see as she announced the news of her return home yesterday morning. 'Thirty days ago I walked through these doors, and I'm going home. I'm going home,' she revealed.

The highly emotional scenes were filmed by GMA, and Ms Roberts was seen stepping outside and taking a deep breath of fresh air, saying during the drive back to her apartment: 'Walking out, it's overwhelming… To see the sky.'

Later, stepping into her living room with sisters Sally Ann and Dorothy, she exclaimed: 'There is no place like HOME!'

Routine check-up: Wearing a surgical mask, plastic gloves, and her now signature baseball cap, the 51-year-old television anchor was seen walking into the hospital in what is the start of her recovery process

Routine check-up: Wearing a surgical mask, plastic gloves, and her now signature baseball cap, the 51-year-old television anchor was seen walking into the hospital in what is the start of her recovery process

Routine check-up: Wearing a surgical mask, plastic gloves,
and her now signature baseball cap, the 51-year-old television anchor was seen
walking into the hospital in what is the start of her recovery process

Ms Roberts, who was diagnosed with
myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, earlier this year – a disease which
attacks blood cells and bone – was also seen celebrating with medical staff
and family in her room.

Calling
her nurses and doctors 'rock stars', she quipped: 'Don't take it the
wrong way, but I hope I never see you again – except for the anniversary
party!'

The recovery
process is far from over though. She continues to wear a face mask and gloves to protect herself from germs, as do her friends and family.

Robin Roberts leaves hospital

At last! Robin Roberts was thrilled to be home after one month in hospital following a bone marrow transplant

Robin Roberts leaves hospital

Milestone: Stepping into her living room Ms Roberts exclaimed: 'There is no place like HOME!'

Robin Roberts leaves hospital

Emotional: The relief on Ms Roberts' face was clear to see as she announced the news yesterday morning

She wrote on her GMA blog: 'I am considered 21 days old… Remember when you brought your baby home for the first time

'I will
still be resting away from GMA until I'm given the all clear'

'Your precious bundle didn't leave the house much and you were careful
that anyone who came in contact with your child was healthy.

'So I will
still be resting away from GMA until I'm given the all clear, but
sleeping in my own bed again feels like a big victory.'

Ms Roberts' older sister Dorothy likened her return home to the day she was brought home from the hospital as a newborn.

Robin Roberts leaves hospital

Ongoing care: The recovery process is far from over. Ms Roberts listens as her surgeon, Dr Sergio Giralt, explains that her immune system is 'literally 20 days old'

Robin Roberts leaves hospital

Support system: Calling her nurses and doctors 'rock stars', the GMA anchor quipped: 'Don't take it the wrong way, but I hope I never see you again – except for the anniversary party!'

She said: 'It was wonderful bringing her home on November 23 1960, and it's wonderful to bring her home today.'

Last week, Ms Roberts shared the news that her bone marrow transplant appears to have been successful.

The procedure, which saw donor stem
cells from her sister Sally Ann injected into her body, took just five
minutes, and in an update on her blog, she revealed that the new cells 'feel right at home' in her body.

'My blood counts are GREAT,' she wrote. 'It's an answer to so many prayers'.