Selena Gomez Reveals How Francia Raisa Became Her Kidney Donor
The singer has no doubt her friend saved her life.
When Selena Gomez first revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant in an Instagram post last month, everything clicked into place for her fans who had been wondering where she'd been this summer. Now, a few weeks later, the singer is continuing to tell her story. Gomez and her bestie/donor Francia Raisa sat down with Today's Savannah Guthrie for their first post-operation interview, which will air on Today on Monday and Tuesday and on NBC Nightly News on Monday. In a preview clip of the interview, Gomez explains how Raisa came to be her donor.
"My kidneys were just done," she said. "That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life, and that was the day I came home when I found out and she volunteered and did it."
"You feel that Francia saved your life," Guthrie then says in the teaser."Because she did," Gomez responds with conviction. "That's, that's it."
Gomez shared that she needed a new kidney because of her lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy organs and tissues. Gomez first made public that she had lupus when she revealed she had received chemotherapy in 2015. Luckily, if hitting the boxing studio for an intense workout is any indication, she seems to be recovering from her transplant surgery just fine.
When Gomez took to Instagram to tell her followers about her kidney transplant, she wrote, "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." Now she's finally gotten the chance.