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Selena Gomez Gets Emotional Talking About Her Kidney Transplant On Today

31 October 2017, 12:49 | Cassandra Thompson

Selena Gomez Had a Second Surgery After Kidney Transplant Complications

Selena Gomez's BFF Francia Raisa Reveals Why She Decided to Give Her a Kidney

The new kidney was turning around inside her body because one of the arteries had flipped. And Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney to save Gomez's life, was right there by her side. "She chucked it and she started crying, and I said, 'What's wrong?' and that's when she told me". "And then I went back to my room and attempted to fall asleep".

"Of course I'll get tested", Raisa had told Gomez.

As her best friend and roommate, Francia saw first-hand the pain Selena was in. "I guess I got to the point where it was really kind of life or death", she said.

Selena Gomez opened up about her recent kidney transplant during a sit-down on the Today show, and her donor/bestie Francia Raisa revealed why she wanted to undergo the risky surgery to help her friend. According to Francia, it worked: "When I woke up, I was calm", she said, adding that her surgery went super smoothly. "My teeth - I was grinding - I was freaking out".

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The friends also detailed their lengthy recovery process, which left the two with little to do but sit or lay around as their bodies healed from the surgery. "I just hope that this inspires people to feel good to know that there [are] really good people in the world", the singer said. When they were on bedrest, they could only get out of bed and walk for an hour a day, and they weren't allowed to take stairs.

Selena Gomez says her arthritis went away as soon as she had her kidney transplant.

She also noted that girls were unable to shower. 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. "One of the most humbling experiences was needing help to like, put on underwear", Francia said. Raisa's surgery was first and when the removal of the kidney was successful, it was Gomez's turn. "Usually, the process takes like six months, so it was really fast".

Both stars have since bounced back from the kidney transplant surgery, which has ridden Selena of her arthritis, high blood pressure, and her lupus, which now only has a "three to five per cent chance" of returning, and she is hopeful that sharing their story will give others in similar circumstances optimism for their own futures. In a short teaser, we saw the Wolves artist explain how her BFF/kidney donor actually saved her life amid her Lupus battle.

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