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Robin Roberts on post-surgery: 'I felt like I was dying'

  • GMA anchor reveals that after her bone marrow transplant, she was in a 'coma-like state'
  • She will return to show Feb. 20 after five months of recovery
Robin Roberts on post-surgery: 'I felt like I was dying'

"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts will be back on the show five months after undergoing bone marrow transplant surgery, and she is finally revealing just how close to death she really came.

In an interview with People magazine, Roberts recalled the harrowing details of her September surgery, saying that there were times that she didn't think she would make it. 

"I was in a coma-like state," she told the magazine. "I truly felt I was slipping away … then I kept hearing my name."

The 52-year-old underwent the surgery to help treat a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome. Days after the brutal surgery, Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, was not in good condition. "I couldn't eat or drink," she says. "I couldn’t even get out of bed." There was a point, she says, "where I felt like I was dying."

After five months of recovery and thousands of well wishes from supporters all over the country, Roberts is ready to step back behind the anchor's desk on Feb. 20. "It's an amazing feeling," explains Roberts. "Each day, feeling stronger."

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