Francia Raisa and Selena Gomez met in 2008 while doing charity work at Children's Hospital and have been friends ever since. 29-year-old Francia came to her own decision to donate her kidney to her friend Selena Gomez who needed a new kidney to live a normal life after being diagznozed with Lupus.
The girls are "doing great". “Thank God they’re both doing great," Virginia Almendarez, Raisa's mosther." "Thankfully the kidney was compatible and that everything came out perfectly."
Selena thanks her friend whom she calls a sister on instagram, calling the kidney donation an "ultimate gift"
Raisa also opened up about the experience on her own social media account.
"I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process," she wrote, along an image of the pair holding hands in the hospital. "This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story."
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
After revealing news of the transplant on Thursday, Gomez is already back at work and showed up on set of her upcoming Woody Allen film. Like Gomez, Amendrez said her daughter Raisa has also returned to work on on set of her upcoming television show, Grown-ish, the spin-off of the sitcom Black-ish starring Yara Shahid. The show premieres next year on ABC.
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