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Selena Gomez, Francia Raisa Open Up About Kidney Transplant On “Today” Show (VIDEO)

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Selena Gomez Francis Raisa Today Show Kidney

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Selena Gomez opened up on Monday’s “Today” show about her life-saving kidney transplant surgery. The star was accompanied on the morning show by her close friend and organ donor, Francia Raisa. Watch the full video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant earlier this summer, receiving the organ from her best friend and fellow actress. Following months of extensive testing, Raisa was able to help the Lupus sufferer after she successfully matched for the life-saving surgery. Just weeks after the procedure, both Gomez and Raisa appeared on the morning show to raise awareness about the disease and talk about the transplant.

On the kidney donation process, Raisa said, “One day she came home and she was emotional, I hadn’t asked anything, I knew she hadn’t been feeling well. She couldn’t open a water bottle one day, she chucked it and just started crying. I asked what was wrong, and that’s when she told me. It just vomited out of me. I said, of course I’ll get tested.” She added, “I called her assistant and I said give me the information. I want to do this.”

Gushing over Raisa’s generosity, Gomez went on to share, “She lived with me in this interesting time where my kidneys were just done. That was it. I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking somebody to do that was really difficult for me.” The singer added, “She volunteered and did it. Let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it’s incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match is unbelievable.”

And on the surgery itself, which had its fair share of frightening complications, Gomez said, “I remember waking up two hours after. I saw my mom and my stepdad. I felt ok, I felt really good. I went back to my room and I attempted to fall asleep and in the middle of that process, I started hyperventilating.” She continued, “There was so much pain there. I was freaking out. It was a six-hour surgery that they had to do on me, and normally it’s two hours. Apparently, one of the arteries had flipped.”

Of course, the surgery ultimately proved to be a success. “I got to the point where it was life and death. It’s hard to think about it or even swallow, but as soon as I got the kidney transplant my arthritis went away. My lupus, there’s about a 3-5% chance it’ll ever come back,” Gomez shared. “My blood pressure is better, my energy and my life has been better.” Watch the”Today” show video below.

 


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