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Selena Gomez and best friend Francia Raisa talk about her surgery

"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"

By Andrea Tim | Published: 31 Oct 2017

Selena talks surgery
Francia Raisa, Selena Gomez and The Today Show's Savannah Guthrie (Photo: The Today Show)

It's been reported that Selena Gomez and The Weeknd have broken up. Fans of the couple may be a bit sad from the news, but we're here to show you a more important part of Selena's life, which will seriously make you cry.

In September, Selena revealed that she had been taking the summer off to recover from a kidney transplant due to her lupus, which she was diagnosed with five years ago. What was amazing as that it was her own best friend, Francia Raisa, who donated a kidney to the singer.

The two appeared on The Today Show on Monday to speak about what the surgery was like for both of them, and Selena said that she had arthritis and her kidneys were shutting down.

"She lived with me in this interesting time where my kidneys were just done," Selena said. "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. She volunteered and did it – and let alone somebody 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."

"One day, she came home, and she was emotional," Francia said. "I hadn't asked anything. I knew that she hadn't been feeling well. She couldn't open a water bottle one day. And she chucked it, and she started crying. And I said, 'What's wrong?' And that's when she told me. And she goes, 'I don't know what to do, the [donor wait] list is 7 to 10 years long. And it just vomited out of me. I was like, 'Of course I'll get tested.'"

Of course, the decision wasn't made lightly – Francia said that she had to write a will before her surgery, which was scary for her.

After the kidney was transplanted, Selena still had complications that were luckily dealt with by her surgeons.

"I went back to my room and I started to attempt to fall asleep and in the middle of that process, I started hyperventilating and there was so much pain there," she said. "My teeth were grinding, I was freaking out. It was a 6-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."

The Today Show's Savannah Guthrie said to Selena, "You feel that Francia saved your life." "Because she did. That's it," Selena replied. And it's looking good so far for both of them – Selena was cured of arthritis, her blood pressure improved, and so has her energy level.

Related: Selena Gomez's best friend gave her a kidney


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