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Selena Gomez ‘Nearly Died’ During Kidney Surgery, Best Friend Says

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In the here and now, Selena Gomez, who was diagnosed with lupus in 2013, is doing well with the condition. But best friend Francia Raisa, who donated a kidney to Gomez last summer to help Gomez cope with the autoimmune disease, says things became dire during surgery in a way most fans aren’t aware of.

In an interview with W, Raisa says the operation included a hiccup that could have cost Gomez her life.

“Selena did have a complication, too. A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared.’ My kidney was very active, and when it turned I broke an artery,” Raisa said. “They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. 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. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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Gomez chronicled her tough road to recovery during an October 2017 interview with Todayduring which she credited Raisa with being her angel.

“My kidneys were shutting down. My mentality was to keep going,” she said. “[Raisa] lived with me during this interesting time where my kidneys were just done. That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me. She volunteered and did it. And let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, I mean that’s unbelievable. That’s not real.”

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