Francia Raisa is opening up more about her decision to donate her kidney to help save Selena Gomez’s life.
During a recent interview, the 29-year-old grown-ish star opened up about her difficult recovery while also sharing that the 25-year-old singer/actress nearly died from complications.
“Recovery was hard,” Francia told W Magazine. “I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything. Selena did have a complication, too.”
“A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared,’” Francia shared. “My kidney was very active, and when she turned, she broke an artery. They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place…She could have died.”
Back in September, Selena revealed that she received a kidney from Francia back in June after discovering her kidneys were failing from her battle with Lupus.
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