Selena Gomez, Francia Raisa open up about 'brutal recovery' following kidney transplant

31 October, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Emotional tale┬áSelena Gomez was rushed back into surgery after she awoke from her life-saving kidney transplant earlier this year

Selena revealed in 2015 she has been suffering from the complications of Lupus, an illness that attacks your healthy tissue and your organs.

In a new sit-down interview with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show, the pair publicly open up about their medical experience for the first time together.

"What I wanted more than anything was for us to be together, so I got a space for us to be in together", Gomez said. As soon as they found out that Raisa was a match, they got moving. "I knew that she hadn't been feeling well", Francia said.

Francia Raisa, Selena's best friend, offered her kidney to save her friend's life. "And I asked what's wrong", Raisa said. "That's not real", she said.

However, one day it became too much when Selena couldn't physically open a water bottle.

"She chucked it and she started crying", she continued. But Francia Raisa, didn't know if she'd survive donating a kidney to her BFF. "It's really hard to think about or swallow", the Disney Channel alum said, explaining that since the transplant her arthritis went away and her blood pressure, energy and life have improved. Unable to find a match amongst family members, and with a donor list seven to 10 years long, she found herself at an impasse.

Raisa was sharing a house with Gomez when she realized how sick her friend was becoming.

Before the surgery day, the girls had a friend French braid their hair and ate a big meal. However, the fear was there.

"I had to write a will, which was scary because there's no guarantee I'll wake up", Raisa said. Her teeth were grinding. A standard kidney transplant is only two hours. Gomez's kidney apparently flipped inside her body, causing huge pain and an additional surgery.

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Francia tweeted,"Did you ever fear for your own health?"

Raisa agreed to donate her organ on the spot. They also remained on bed rest, walking for only one hour each day.

E! News can confirm the duo-who started dating in January-have chose to go their separate ways, and it was a decision that was a long time coming.

Ultimately, Gomez wants her story to help people, and to let them know that there are "good people", like Raisa, in the world. "I really do. I don't think what we went through was easy, I don't think it was fun", Gomez said. I am incredibly blessed.

Her procedure came first that day.

In the case of lupus nephritis, which is lupus that affects the kidneys, the drugs used to prevent the body from rejecting the kidney are the same or similar as those used to treat lupus, and it is uncommon for lupus to return in the new kidney, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Montgomery told PEOPLE that it's common for lupus to damage kidneys to the point where one or both need to be replaced. In some cases, it can take years for the disease to be diagnosed and properly treated.

Francia even had to go as far as to draw up a will.

Selena Gomez has given an update on her health and praised her best friend for saving her life after she underwent a kidney transplant last month.

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