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Selena Gomez is opening up about her kidney transplant and her difficult recovery. The international pop singer says that her Lupus diagnosis had begun taking a toll on her body,“I had arthritis. My kidneys were shutting down. My mentality was just to keep going,” she told Today’s Savannah Guthrie in a new interview. And that is when her best friend/roommate Francia Raísa stepped in.
Selena Gomez Needs A Kidney Transplant
“One day she came home, and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew that she hadn’t been feeling well,” Raísa told Guthrie. “She couldn’t open a water bottle one day and she chucked it and just started crying.” Selena would go on to tell her friend that she would need a kidney transplant. “And she goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is seven-to-10-years long.’ And it just vomited out of me. I was like, ‘Of course I’ll get tested.'” And she was a match!
Francia saved Selena’s life. “Because she did. That’s it. I guess I got to the point where it was really kind of life or death,” Selena said. But after the initial surgery, Selena had a complication which meant another surgery. “I was freaking out. It was a six-hour surgery that they had to do on me, and the normal kidney process is actually two hours. Apparently one of the arteries had flipped. I’m very thankful that there are people who know what to do in that situation.”
But Selena is doing much better now. “As soon as I got the kidney transplant, my arthritis went away. My lupus —there’s about a 3-5 percent chance it’ll ever come back. My blood pressure is better. My energy, my life has been better.”
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