Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant almost killed her, says donor friend

Singer/actress Selena Gomez and actress Francia Raisa arrive at the Billboard Women In Music 2017 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Selena Gomez’s best friend and kidney donor Francia Raísa says that the kidney transplant that was supposed to save the singer almost killed her.

In an interview with W MagazineRaísa opened up about how the pair both endured tough recoveries from the surgery.

“I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything. Selena did have a complication, too,” Raísa told W Magazine. “A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared.’ My kidney was very active, and when she turned, she broke an artery.”

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Raísa continued: “They had to take [Gomez] into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”
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Raísa had previously shared that Gomez’s second surgery took six hours to complete.

In the interview with W Magazine, Raísa said that they both did not immediately share the news of the transplant because they both had tough recoveries and were depressed.

“We kind of just wanted to be normal and not have that attention on us. I really left it up to [Gomez],” she shared.

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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: -by grace through faith

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Raísa revealed that she landed the role of Yara Shadidi’s roommate on Grownish after auditioning for the part only two weeks after the surgery.

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“I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life but changed mine in the process,” Raísa previously said.

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Gomez announced the news of her transplant on Instagram in September 2017. She shared a photo of herself and Raísa lying in hospital beds. “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,” Gomez captioned the post.

In October 2017, Gomez and Raísa opened up about the kidney transplant in an interview with Today.

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“My kidneys were just done. That was it,” the tearful actress said. “I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life and that was the day, when I came home, I found out she volunteered and did it.”

“You feel that Francia saved your life,” Today host Savannah Guthrie said to the It Ain’t Me singer.

“Because she did. That’s it,” Gomez said. “I guess I got to the point where it was really, kind of, life or death.”

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