Selena Gomez Posts Pic With 'Beautiful Friend' Who Provided Kidney for Life-Saving Transplant
Selena Gomez revealed on Thursday morning (Sept. 14) why she has been laying low most of this summer. In a touching Instagram photo in which she's lying in a hospital bed holding hands with a friend, Gomez explained that she underwent a kidney transplant due to complications due to her ongoing struggle with the chronic inflammatory disease Lupus.
"I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of," she wrote. "So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. 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."
She thanked her family and the team at the hospital for their support as well as her "beautiful friend" Francia Raisa, who gave her the "ultimate gift" by donating a kidney. "I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis."
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. 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. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/
According to the Mayo Clinic Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that "occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments... While there's no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms."
Inflammation from Lupus can cause serious kidney damage and kidney failure, which is one of the leading causes of death among people with the disease.
Thankfully for fans, Gomez is on the mend, as evidenced by this fan meet and greet picture she posted earlier this week. The singer also participated in the "Hand in Hand" fundraiser for hurricane relief on Tuesday night (Sept. 12) and made an appearance at New York Fashion Week to support her boyfriend The Weeknd and check out the runway show for the luxury brand she reps, Coach. Gomez recently opened up about the darker side of childhood fame and the importance of having surrounding yourself with a strong support group and her struggles with mental health issues.
“I think I would have all of the same issues," she told Business of Fashion in a cover story. I think mine are amplified just a little bit only because of the public aspect, but I do think they’re very similar. When it comes to the internal stuff -- the insecurities, growing up, friendships, family, mental health, all of that stuff.” Best of all, she's revealed that her upcoming album will feature a "beautiful" song with EDM star Marshmello.