Selena Gomez on her kidney transplant: 'It was life or death'

Jay Jacobs
October 31, 2017

"That's not real", she said. But clearly, she has the support of one fantastic friend. "I had to write a will, which was scary because there's no guarantee you'll wake up", she shared, adding that her mom didn't want to be there until she woke up (totally understandable).

It was actress Francia Raisa who stepped in to help, offering her kidney to save her friends life. But she was living with Raisa at the time, and one day, Gomez just broke down and told her everything.

The singer was diagnosed with lupus five years ago and revealed in September that she underwent surgery over the summer after the autoimmune disease started attacking the organ. "That was the day I came home - when I found out and she did it". "And then I went back to my room and attempted to fall asleep". The list is seven to ten years long.

Raisa immediately volunteered to get tested and found out she was a match, which Gomez believes is no coincidence.

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.

But she didn't need to ask Francia, who lived with Selena at the time and had witnessed the singer's deteriorating condition firsthand.

"It's really hard to think about or even to swallow", she said, noting all that's changed.

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In part one of Gomez's exclusive interview with NBC News, the pop star and her friend and kidney donor Francia Raisa revealed just how harrowing the experience, from start to finish, was.

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.

'Apparently one of the arteries flipped, ' Gomez explained to Savannah Guthrie.

She also noted that girls were unable to shower. "When you told your mum, she was like, 'What are you doing?'"

Gomez's boyfriend, The Weekend, was rumored to have been by her side throughout her recovery in hospital.

Raisa agreed to donate her organ on the spot. We couldn't take showers by ourselves. "I really do. I don't think what we went through was easy, I don't think it was fun. It was a really brutal process", Raisa said. "My lupus, there's about a 3 to 5 percent chance it'll ever come back". My blood pressure is better. "I hope that this inspires people to feel good, to know that there is really good people in the world".

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