Selena Gomez Reveals Her Kidney Transplant And The 'Beautiful Friend' Who Gave It To Her

"I love you so much sis."

In 2015, Selena Gomez shared that she had been diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that can affect anyone with symptoms that are often difficult to detect. It affects approximately 5 million people worldwide, and each person experiences it differently.

On Thursday, Gomez posted photos to Instagram revealing that she underwent a secret kidney transplant over the summer. The donor, Gomez's friend and actress Francia Raisa, is also in the post, which is complete with a photo of the two holding hands in hospital beds and photos of Gomez's scars. 


In the post, she writes:

"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."

Since sharing the post, Gomez's Instagram feed has been met with words of support and wishes for a speedy recovery.

In a separate post from Gomez's birthday this July, Raisa speaks to their eight-year-long friendship, writing: 

"There are so many moments we have and things you do that I cherish and don't take for granted. Whether it's crying, laughing, or simply sitting on my kitchen floor throwing our hands up in the air confused at life, I'm thankful you're always there. I am obsessed with every memory we've built in the last 8 years and the ones we have yet to create. I am so grateful that God put you in my life when he did."

Earlier this year, Gomez made a donation to the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine to start the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research to support research for lupus treatment. "I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this," Gomez said with regards to the gesture. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services's organ donation website, 116,000 men, women, and children are on a waiting list for their respective needs as of August 2017. Twenty people die each day waiting for their transplants. Moreover, 95 percent of American adults support organ donation, but only 54 percent are actually signed up to donate. Here's how you can register

For more information on Lupus, click here and check out the Lupus Research Alliance


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