Selena Gomez & Francia Raisa Healed From Their Kidney Surgeries Together

Selena Gomez & Francia Raisa Healed From Their Kidney Surgeries Together

"That was it. And I didn't want to ask a single person in my life". But she was living with Raisa at the time, and one day, Gomez just broke down and told her everything. "And in the middle of that process I started hyperventilating and felt so much pain", she said.

'That was the day I came home and she volunteered, she did it, ' she said solemnly. "I don't think what we went through was easy".

That's when Selena told Francia she was in need of a donor, and the wait list was seven to 10 years long. "I was like, 'Of course I'll get tested.'" Selena protested, not wanting to make Francia, who was just starting to film the Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish, put her career and entire life on hold for her - but the actress insisted.

Raisa admitted it was a no-brainer to get tested to see if she was a match, after months of watching Gomez struggle with her health.

The day of the surgery, they had a friend French braid their hair, but Francia admits that she was nervous. "I didn't realize how much it was affecting my body", Selena said.

The singer revealed she had undergone a kidney transplant on social media last month. "My teeth - I was grinding - I was freaking out".

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'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. Gomez's kidney apparently flipped inside her body, causing vast pain and an additional surgery. But Francia Raisa, didn't know if she'd survive donating a kidney to her BFF.

The recovery process was "humbling" and "brutal". "You're on bed rest, you're allowed to walk for an hour a day, and you can't do any stairs or anything insane". Francia says she also got something out of it. And now that more details about Gomez's kidney transplant have come out, the situation and the process that led to the transplant sound even scarier. "She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me".

Continuing the story, Francia shared, "My mum didn't wanna be there (in the hospital) until I woke up (after surgery)".

When Guthrie probed: 'You feel like Francia saved your life?' the singer responded without hesitation: 'Because she did. We couldn't take showers by ourselves.

Gomez added with a laugh, "Well, you did a little peace sign, and then you went out".

"As soon as I got the kidney transplant, my arthritis went away".

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