Selena Gomez Opens Up About Kidney Transplant in a Heartfelt Note
The artist explains why she took time off this summer.
In a heartfelt post, the 25-year-old singer and actress reveals her struggle with auto-immune disease Lupus, and that she underwent a kidney transplant this summer. She writes, “It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”
In addition to showing gratitude towards her family and doctors who took care of her, Selena has also thanked Francia Raisa, her friend and fellow actress who donated her own kidney to the “Fetish” songstress:
… 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.
Knowing that the disease has continued to be misunderstood by many, Selena encouraged fans to visit Lupus Research Alliance’s website and donate. You can read her message in full below.
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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