Last year, the American singer, actress and producer Selena Gomez underwent Kidney Transplant. Her actress friend Francia Raisa was the one who donated her kidney to Selena. Later, the two friends appeared for the interview with Savannah Guthrie where they talked about the kidney transplant and how it changed the singer’s life.
Talking about the disease, Selena said:
“I had arthritis. My kidneys were shutting down. My mentality was just to keep going.”
Selena was undergoing dialyses when she shared the unfortunate news with her dear friend and roommate Francia. Talking about the day Selena told her, Francia said:
“One day she came home, and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew that she hadn’t been feeling well. She couldn’t open a water bottle one day and she chucked it and just started crying.”
Selena’s condition was deteriorating day by day and despite having all the money in the world, it was tough for her to find a donor. Francia said, “And she goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is seven-to-10-years long. And it just vomited out of me. I was like, ‘Of course I’ll get tested.'”
After this conversation, Francia went to to get her blood and urine tested. She also underwent full physical and psychological evaluation. All this was done within a day as Selena had no time to waste. To Selena’s good luck, Francia turned out to be the perfect match who could donate her kidney.
Selena said, “She lived with me in this interesting time where my kidneys were just done. That was it and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking somebody to do that was really difficult for me. And she volunteered and did it… The fact that she was a match, I mean, that’s unbelievable.”
Talking about the surgery process, Selena said, “I was freaking out. It was a six-hour surgery that they had to do on me, and the normal kidney process is actually two hours. Apparently one of the arteries had flipped. I’m very thankful that there are people who know what to do in that situation.”
Selena had shared the news of her kidney transplant with her fans via an Instagram post in September 2017.
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith