Sally-Ann responds to viewers and answers questions during LIVE Facebook chat

Strengthening what is already a tremendous bond between sisters, WWL-TV anchor Sally-Ann Roberts announced that she will undergo a procedure to donate bone marrow cells in a transplant operation for her sister, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, who is battling a recurrence of cancer

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  1. SALLY-ANN ANSWERS QUESTIONS...

  2. wished i was there i m in n c love you both . if you re diabetic can you donate?
  3. ‎Mary Burke: You can donate if you are not on insulin
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  5. Ms Sally Ann , I am 11 & a half yrs .With a liver transplant. Doing great ! I don't know my donor . Dr. Srinvas of Slidell & Dr. David Van Theil of St. Lukes in Milwalki . Dr. VanTheil is world renoun for Transplants of all types. If I can help in any way , please contact me .
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  7. Sally Ann, I am an 84 yr. woman and wish to donate bone marrow and was told i was too old. I am in excelent health and would like to know why there is an age limit on donating. I hope you can findthe reason for this . Thanks
  8. @Charmaigne: The older the donor is, the risk to the recipient increases for the patient to get Graft vs. Host Disease occurs when the recipient's body rejects the donor's cells.
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  10. Share with us how we get more people signed up to be marrow donors!
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  12. how do they go about doing the marrow transplants anyway just curious?????
  13. @Dawn Jarrel: There are two ways and it depends on the patient. The first is called the PBSC donation which is requested by doctors 76% of the time. This involved the donor getting daily injections of a drug to increase the blood forming cells. The donor is hooked up to a machine with a needle in each arm and the machine separates the stem cells from the rest of the blood. In the other procedure, which is used less, the donor is under anesthesia. The doctor will distract bone marrow with a needle from the back of the pelvic bone.
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  15. and how old do yuh have to be to be a donor???
  16. @Dawn Jerrel: Between the ages of 18 and 60. Preferably between 18 and 44
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  18. what is the procedure for the transplant?
  19. @Marcelyn: There are two ways and it depends on the patient. The first is called the PBSC donation which is requested by doctors 76% of the time. This involved the donor getting daily injections of a drug to increase the blood forming cells. The donor is hooked up to a machine with a needle in each arm and the machine separates the stem cells from the rest of the blood. In the other procedure, which is used less, the donor is under anesthesia. The doctor will distract bone marrow with a needle from the back of the pelvic bone.
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  21. Do you, as the donor, have to go through any preparations before the actual donation/transplant?
  22. @Debbie Roberts: I will have a full physical, and I will have daily injections for 5 days prior to the donation.
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