Cher Saved My Life, Says Friend After Devastating Fall

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Nov. 2 2011, Updated 6:00 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Senior Reporter

Doriana Sanchez owes Cher her life!

After a fall onstage during a rehearsal for one of Cher's Las Vegas show, Doriana says she hurt her back but that the superstar came to her rescue, and she tells all in an exclusive interview with Star magazine.

"As the months went by, it got worse," the choreographer explains. Friends for 26 years, Cher sent Doriana on a private jet to Los Angeles to visit a specialist.

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"Cher told me she wanted me to see her spine specialist," Doriana told Star.

However, she suffered a setback when she had a "terrible seizure" while at Cher's home.

UCLA neurosurgeon Dr. Neil Martin subsequently discovered a large brain tumor that needed to be removed and Doriana says that her famous friend was by her side the whole time.

"Before surgery, we did our secret prayer that we do before Cher's shows.  And she added sparkles to the hospital room, bedazzling it to give it the Cher touch!" Doriana said.

"Cher was by my side the whole time.  I wouldn't be here without her."

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For more details on Cher's amazing help pick up the new issue of Star magazine -- on newsstands Thursday.

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