Famous American singer and actress, Selena Gomez revealed she has undergone a kidney transplant due to her ill health with her best friend as the kidney donor.
The 25-year old shared a photo on social media on Thursday with herself and fellow actress Francia Raisa, lying side by side on a hospital bed.
Here’s what Gomez captioned on her IG page:
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
Gomez has been suffering from Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs).
The disease is an autoimmune condition, that is a situation whereby your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body howbeit, unintentionally. While some patients will only suffer from a mild problem such as aches and tiredness, others can have a life-threatening damage to the heart and kidneys.
Other symptoms include depression, lung/heart disease, and hair loss. Lupus is said to be ten times more common in women than men and usually develops between the ages of 12 and 25. There is currently no cure for it, however, it can be tackled with chemotherapy and anti-inflammatory and steroid tablets.
Selena’s friend, Francia Raisa described her as ‘my forever friend’ and this major surgery has obviously bonded the duo in a most special way.
Taking to her Instagram page Raisa wrote:
“I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process. 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.”
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Born in 1992, Gomez began her career in the entertainment industry as a kid, starring in children’s television series including the Barney & Friends. She starred in other movies and then went into music and released her solo debut album Stars Dance in 2013.
Apart from her artistry and philanthropic works, crowned with numerous awards and endorsements, Selena Gomez has 127 million followers on her IG page. Despite her humble beginning and mishaps in life, the young lady is known as one of the most influential women, making a difference in the world.