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Selena Gomez came out about her Lupus diagnosis years ago, but she recently revealed that she recently needed a kidney transplant. Fortunately, Gomez’s friend Francia Raisa stepped in and provided her with the kidney she needed. Get to know more about Raisa in our 5 Fast Facts below.
1. Gomez Announced the Transplant Via Instagram
In an Instagram photo of herself with friend Raisa, Gomez revealed the news that she had had a kidney transplant this summer and that her friend had come to her rescue. She wrote this as a caption with the post:
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.
2. Raisa Is an Advocate & Model for Freedom Fighters
3. Like Gomez, Raisa Is an Actress
4. Raisa Met Gomez at a Charity Event a Decade Ago
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Raisa talked about the deep connection she shares with her friend Gomez and wrote:
I went through heartbreak this year and you left the studio and drove out of your way to come see me and comfort me. I received good news last month and you facetimed me minutes before you went up on stage just to congratulate me. There are so many moments we have and things you do that I cherish and don’t take for granted. Wether its 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. If you think about the time that we met and where we were in our lives when we first hung out, his timing was perfect. It’s been so inspiring watching you grow and to grow with you. I learn so much from you and I’m so so so proud of you.