"OK, third time’s the charm," Sager told The Associated Press moments after the process began.
He playfully rolled his eyes at his wife, Stacy, when she chided him for not smiling for a photo that showed him lifting his shirt to show where the fluid was entering his body in a tube above his left pectoral muscle.
"I’m supposed to be smiling for this?" he asked with a laugh. "Oh yay!"
The transplant was made possible by an anonymous, 20-year-old donor who was a perfect match, the family announced. Sager’s son Craig Jr. was the donor for his previous transplants, which put him into remission for close to a year each time.
Sager’s doctor, Muzaffar Qazilbash, told The Associated Press that fewer than 1 percent of patients receive a third transplant.
Sager’s supporters, including Charles Barkley, cheered him on.
Have to thank Barkley for keeping my Dad company today in Houston as he finished his final prep work & for being there every step. 💯