In September, Selena Gomez revealed she had undergone surgery to acquire a new kidney as a result of her battle with lupus. In a selfless display of love and friendship, Francia Raísa offered to be the singer’s donor. In an interview with W Magazine, Francia shares how complications after the surgery could have killed Selena and how the two friends fought back depression.
I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process. This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story. For more information regarding Lupus, please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org — Love you sis, so glad we’re on this journey together. ❤ xx
“Recovery was hard,” said Raísa. “I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything. Selena did have a complication, too. 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 it turned I broke an artery. They had to take her 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.”
The Grown-ish star also details how she found out Selena needed a new kidney and why the two stars were private about the experience.
“We didn’t want to tell anybody because recovery was very hard for us, and we went through a depression at the time,” said Francia. “We kind of just wanted to be normal and not have that attention on us. I really left it up to her.”
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