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Survivor winner Ethan Zohn underwent a stem-cell transplant on Wednesday from one of his brothers in his continuing battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Ethan's longtime girlfriend Jenna Morasca, who is staying with him in the hospital, tells People.com that they had returned to the same ward where they stayed when Zohn was first diagnosed two years ago. "No one wants to come back here," Jenna said. "Even though the nurses and doctors are wonderful, this is one place where you really don't want to see anybody ever again."
Jenna said this time around, Ethan asked the doctor what was the record time was "for getting out" and that he wanted to beat whatever that is. "His doctor said there was no prize, and Ethan said, 'Yes, there is. You're going to tell the other patients that I made it out in three weeks.'" Doctors will be closely watching Ethan to make sure his body accepts the new stem cells before he is released.
Jenna says for now the two are making the best of their close quarters. "I actually really like it, because he can't escape me," she tells People. "He's forced to be around me all the time and listen to everything I say. I'm like, 'What do you think of this hair?' and 'What about this lipstick color?' And he's over there pressing the pain medication pump button."