By Damilola Faustino
Selena Gomez could have died following her kidney transplant surgery last year, according to Francia Raisa, her best friend and donor.
The singer – who suffers from the incurable autoimmune disease, lupus – received a kidney donation from her in May 2017.
“She went to go get tests, and she came home one day and she was serious,” Raisa said. “We all have our moments, so I just let her do her thing, I didn’t ask questions. She was asking me about my day and she grabbed a water bottle out of the fridge and tried to open it and couldn’t. Then she threw it on the floor, and she fell to the floor and started crying.”
“I was like, ‘What is wrong with you?’ She said, ‘I need a new kidney. I don’t know what I’m going to do, the waitlist is seven to 10 years.’ And it just came out of me, and I said, ‘I’ll get tested.’ I called her assistant behind her back to get the information, and that’s how the process started.”
Speaking with W Magazine, Raisa gave more details than she ever has and said the recovery process was difficult for both of them.
“I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything,” Raisa said. “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.'” She also said Gomez “could have died” from the complications of the procedure, which she needed because she has lupus.
Raisa said doctors had to immediately take a vein from Gomez’s leg and build a new artery to keep Gomez’s new kidney stable. Raisa previously shared Gomez’s second surgery took six-hours.
“I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life but changed mine in the process,” Raisa had previously said.
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