Selena Gomez Reveals Best Friend Saved Her Life With Kidney Donation

The donor is another actress.

Selena Gomez has been spotted on a movie set just hours after revealing she underwent a kidney transplant due to her battle with Lupus.

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Gomez, 25, took to Instagram Thursday morning to announce that her friend, actress Francia Raisa, donated her kidney to the singer to save her life.


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: -by grace through faith

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"She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me," the Spring Breakers star revealed.

The news solves the mystery of why Gomez has kept such a low profile this summer.

She released new music but didn't make public appearances to promote it and it turned out she was recovering from surgery that left her with a long scar across her stomach.

Gomez, a Texas native, was recently seen at the Hand in Hand telethon for Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims Tuesday night where she made an impassioned plea for donations and help for Houston.

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Dr. Travis Stork from The Doctors explained to Inside Edition how Lupus could require a kidney transplant.

"This is going to be a long road for her," he said. "There is a positive. She is 25, and she is still youthful." 

More than 1 million suffer from lupus, which is a serious auto-immune disease, and like Gomez, 33-year-old Alison Lee suffers from lupus and had a kidney transplant last year.

She told Gomez to "stay positive," "be careful of germs" and wash her hands all the time. 

Her donor was her mother.

There are more than 93,000 people currently on the waiting list for an anonymous kidney donor, some on it for as long as 10 years.

The process can, however, be sped up if the donor is a family member or friend, as was the case with Gomez.

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