Selena Gomez Best Friend Talks About Kidney Transplant

Selena Gomez Best Friend Talks About Kidney Transplant 

Posted: 2:45 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018

By mjonbli

selena.jpgIs your best friend really your best friend unless they donate an organ to you when you need one? Grown-ish actress Francia Raísa, 29, donated her kidney to her best friend Selena Gomez, 25, last year, she had no idea how the transplant would affect their lives.  “My scars do not define me,” Raísa tells SELF, pointing to the freshly healed incision under her stomach from the recent surgery. “My scars tell my story. And so I really appreciate these scars because they honestly changed my life—not just, you know, because of Selena, just me, personally, life came into perspective. I learned a lot.”  The procedure definitely was not easy for Raísa, but as soon as she found out that her best friend/ roommate needed a kidney transplant due to her lupus complications, she immediately wanted to help. “From the minute I said, ‘Of course I’ll get tested,’ obviously it was like, you’re my best friend, you’re my sister, of course,” says Raísa. “But, you know, I wasn’t educated on kidney surgery.” Still, Raisa says she felt a lot of peace throughout the process. “One day, I got a call from Selena, a FaceTime, and she’s like, ‘We’re a match!’ And I’m like…’Yay! What? How do you know this? I had a way that I wanted to tell her when I made the decision. I knew it was going to happen, I just needed that time.”  Raísa was cautioned about what to expect. According to Raísa, her social worker told her, “It’s going to be hard. The recipient is gonna glow and she’s gonna recover a lot faster than the donor is. Because she’s receiving something she needs. You’re losing something you don’t need to lose.” The two friends soon found out just how hard it actually was. “Selena and I both went through a depression,” says Raísa. Gomez ended up having complications after the procedure and had to go back into surgery. “I remember getting a text message from Selena saying, ‘I’m so scared I might die.'” Raísa said the recovery process was pretty tough. While she typically loves being active, doing yoga, and dancing, she was out of commission for about two months after the surgery. “It was hard to wake up and look forward to doing nothing,” Raísa tells SELF. Even showering, using the bathroom, and picking up her dog were difficult. “This last year has been the craziest of my life. I went through huge changes. I moved, and then all of the sudden I was donating a kidney. Like, what? And then I got on this hit TV show, and I have a new boyfriend, and it’s just crazy.”  “You scars don’t define you. It’s a part of your story, and it’s a part of the story that makes you special and you different. Girl, show it.”

https://thescene.com/watch/self/how-francia-raisa-found-out-she-could-donate-a-kidney-to-selena-gomez

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