Friday, 27 October 2017

Selena Gomez speaks about her 'life-or-death' kidney transplant for the first time

Selena Gomez and the best friend who gave her one of her kidneys sat down for an interview in which they revealed more about the operation which saved the singer's life.

In the emotional interview, 25-year-old Selena Gomez fought back tears as she told Savannah Guthrie on Today how she would have died had it not been for Francia Raisa, 29, her best friend who volunteered to give one of her kidneys up when Selena's went into failure in May due to her Lupus.

Gomez revealed that she did not want to ask a single person for an organ when she discovered she needed the transplant. But Francia willingly suggested getting tested to see if she was a match and offered up her kidney when they found she was.

In a preview clip posted Friday for the interview, which airs Monday, Gomez describes the kidney transplant as a "life-or-death" move.

“My kidneys were just done," she said. "That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life. And she volunteered and did it."

Guthrie asked: "You feel like Francia saved your life?"

And the singer responded without hesitation: "Because she did. That's it."

Gomez received the transplant as part of her ongoing fight against lupus, an autoimmune disease that often attacks the kidneys. The 25-year-old singer has publicly battled lupus for the past two years, sharing that she also underwent chemo as part of her treatment.

In September, Gomez revealed her transplant via Instagram, explaining, "it was what I needed to do for my overall health."

She shared a picture of her and RaĆ­sa in side-by-side hospital beds, revealing that her "beautiful friend" was also her donor.

"She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me," Gomez wrote in the caption. "I am incredibly blessed."

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