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Selena Gomez: Kidney transplant erased my arthritis - after artery scare

31 October 2017

That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life.

"Let alone somebody wanting to volunteer, it's incredibly hard to find a match", Gomez said.

"I just really hope that we can help somebody", Gomez said tearfully. Since Raisa was able to donate, the tests would have concluded that she had passed all the following test requirements - the current standard for donors - assessing her emotional and physical capacity to make the donation. I hadn't asked anything.

"They give you Valium to calm you down", Raisa said. "She chucked it and just started crying". And her pal Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney to save Gomez's life, was right there by her side.

The singer revealed she had undergone a kidney transplant on social media last month.

Raisa continued: "It just vomited out of me: I was like, 'Of course I'll get tested'". The process usually takes months, but because of the "emergency situation", Raisa completed testing in just one day.

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Gomez also planned a nice day for the two before surgery, with a friend coming over to french braid their hair before the two "stuffed their faces" prior to midnight, at which point they were not allowed to eat any food. But the fear was certainly there.

Francia's move wasn't without risk: "I had to write a will, which is scary".

Raisa had to prepare for the possibility that things might not go as planned.

Raisa's procedure went smoothly, then it was Gomez's turn. "In the middle of that process, I started hyperventilating, and my teeth were grinding". Following the two-hour surgery, she remembers waking up and seeing her mom, stepdad and Raisa before retreating back to her hospital room. "Apparently one of the arteries had flipped", Gomez, who had to be brought back into surgery due to the complication, said.

'I'm thankful there are people that know what to do in that situation'.

The recovery process was "humbling" and "brutal". They couldn't even put on their own underwear or take a shower without help, and Selena says they could only walk for an hour each day.

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But they were together, as Gomez ensured they were recovering at a place alongside each other. Guthrie asked the singer. She was scared about it all, but knew she wanted to do this for Gomez.

Gomez and Raisa, 29, have been friends for a long time. Later that day, the ex-flames, 23- year-old Bieber and 25-year-old Gomez were spotted chilling at a mansion in the city that "Sorry" star rents.

"Guthrie said: "You feel like Francia saved your life?" before Gomez responded: "'Because she did. "That's not real", Gomez said. I am incredibly blessed. She had to undergo an additional six-hour procedure to correct in.

In the case of lupus nephritis, which is lupus that affects the kidneys, the drugs used to prevent the body from rejecting the kidney are the same or similar as those used to treat lupus, and it is uncommon for lupus to return in the new kidney, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

Five years after being diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy cells, Selena was suffering from arthritis and kidney failure linked to the condition.

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Selena Gomez: Kidney transplant erased my arthritis - after artery scare