Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Selena Gomez Speaks Out About Kidney Transplant: It Was 'Life or Death'


She seems to be full of love for her, and she wanted to give us a sneak peek of the Today interview.

Since the operation, Selena has noticed a big difference in her health and credits Francia, 29, with saving her life. "As soon as I got the kidney, my arthritis went away", the "Wolves" singer said. But clearly, she has the support of one fantastic friend. That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life. And she goes, 'I don't know what to do.

It must have been terrifying for Gomez to be unable to do something as simple as open a water bottle, and that really shows how much she was suffering at the time. The thought of asking someone to do that was really hard for me. "The list is seven to ten years long,"' said Raisa.

The pair discussed Selena's failing health, Francia deciding to get tested to see if she was eligible to donate, the day of the surgery, and more.

And she was just weeks away from dialysis, a treatment to help purify the blood when the kidneys aren't working.

Raisa was sharing a house with Gomez when she realized how sick her friend was becoming. "And in the middle of that process I started hyperventilating and felt so much pain", she said.

At first, Gomez objected to the idea of Raisa going through with such a huge gesture. "I am incredibly blessed", she added. What normally takes months was done in days.


It's incredible that Selena feels comfortable opening up about this. The night before the surgery, the friends braided their hair and shared an extravagant meal. "That was the day I came home and she volunteered, she did it". As it happened, her new kidney was turning around inside her body, a complication that required a second six-hour surgery - four more hours than the initial two-hour procedure. "My teeth were grinding, I was freaking out". It was a six-hour surgery that they had to do on me and the normal kidney process is two hours.

'Apparently one of the arteries flipped, ' Gomez explained to Savannah Guthrie. "I am very thankful there are people who know what to do in that situation".

And despite a "humbling" recovery process, during which Selena and Francia were only able to walk for about an hour a day and needed help doing everything, including taking showers, Selena said the ordeal has already had noticeable effects on her life.

"I guess I got to the point where it was really, kind of, life or death".

Ultimately, the pair hope that sharing their story will have a positive impact on others.

'And it just vomited out of me. I don't think it was fun. "To know that there is really good people in the world".

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