Selena Gomez reveals in touching Instagram post that she underwent a kidney transplant this summer!
Selena Gomez revealed today that she underwent a secret kidney transplant in a touching Instagram post and that the donor was her best friend Francia Raisa. Alongside the message she shared a picture of herself and Francia, laying side-by-side in hospital while holding hands. Selena was hospitalised in May after suffering kidney failure while in Chicago to see her boyfriend The Weeknd perform. The Weeknd stayed by Selena’s side when she suffered the kidney failure whie waiting for a kidney.
Today Selena looked ever so healthy as she stepped out in New York following the News. The 25-year-old was spotted on the set of Woody Allen’s film in the making, alongside co-star Timothee Chalamet. Just hours before, she revealed she spent the summer recovering from the kidney transplant that she had as part of her battle with Lupus. In an emotional statement, the former Disney star wrote: ‘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.’
Francia Raisa is a 29-year-old model and actress from Los Angeles, and the daughter of radio personality Renan Coello.
She has been friends with Selena since 2008, and has paid tribute to their bond in past Instagram posts. In one from 2016, uploaded on as Selena turned 24, she wrote: ‘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… I learn so much from you and I’m so so so proud of you.’ Francia made her acting debut in 2005 in an episode of action show Over There – and made her film debut in the 2006 film Bring It On: All or Nothing. She has also appeared on the US show The Secret Life of the American Teenager – and in 2017 had a role in the critically acclaimed Netflix show, Dear White People.
In her own Instagram post, Selena also added a link to the Lupus Research Alliance website, encouraging her followers would look into the condition. The star has been very vocal about her battle with the autoimmune disease, and planned to donate proceeds from ticket sales of her Revival tour to Alliance for Lupus Research, but was forced to pull out of the international tour due to health concerns. Selena previously had to cancel her Stars Dance tour in 2013 in order to undergo chemotherapy treatment for her Lupus disease. It wasn’t until October 2015 that she spoke out for the first time about her struggles with the disease, sharing details of her chemotherapy with Billboard in an interview. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments, and no two cases of lupus are exactly alike. In the US, 240,000 people have been diagnosed with Lupus. The most common symptoms include a butterfly-shaped rash on the face, fatigue and fever, joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Other common signs are skin lesions that get worse in the sun, shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes, headaches, confusion and memory loss. Some people are born with a tendency toward developing Lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight.
Selena’s best friend was probably able to give the singer the ‘ultimate gift’ because their blood groups matched.
Selena’s admission comes after reports recently revealed she had moved in with her boyfriend The Weeknd. The two chart toppers, who started dating in January, have decided to take their relationship to the next step. It is believed their home has 12ft-high ceilings, Juliette glass balconies and English kitchens. The master bath is outfitted with his and her vanities, a steam shower and Kohler cast-iron bathtub.’ The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has thought about ‘starting a family’ with his partner. He has even told his girlfriend about his dream for their future together.