Selena Gomez dropped a bomb today when she opened up about major surgery she had over the summer. She found out she needed a kidney transplant because of her Lupus. Apparently, the disease had taken a serious toll on Gomez’s general health and a transplant was the only way for her to really get back to feeling 100%. She got super lucky when her best friend Francia Raisa stepped up to the plate and offered to donate her kidney.
Now, best friends are important and it’s clear these two are tight, but it’s pretty incredible that Raisa was so selfless as to just volunteer a part of her body to help Gomez in such an effortless manner. It just goes to show that the term “Ride or Die” can really be applied to your tried and true girlfriends. It’s also a true testament to the power of female friendship and they should both be celebrated for upholding that for all their young fans to see. In the post, Gomez acknowledged Raisa’s selflessness, saying: “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.”
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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/ -by grace through faith
Raisa’s mom, Virginia Almendarez recently talked to Maria Celeste Arrara’s from Al Rojo Vivo about the experience her daughter had and had nothing but positive things to say about the donation, other than the fact that (as any mother would be) she was a little scared going into the surgery. Which is probably why Raisa didn’t tell her about her decision until the very last minute. “Francia Raisa is an adult already, and she makes her own choices. She told me about it, and of course, at first, I was worried, but then she said that she had been thoroughly informed about everything and that she was going to do it. All I could do was support her.”
As for the haters that popped up claiming Raisa had been paid for the donation, Almendarez denies any money passed hands. “No, not even a single penny. Some people are treating this as if there was money involved,” she says. “Francia did it for friendship, for her love for Selena, and because they care a lot for each other. She didn’t receive any benefit from this, only the benefit of Selena having a better life.”
To that end, we will leave you with the knowledge that these girls have been friends since they were 15 years old and are still here, 10 years later, having each others backs. Boyfriends have come and gone, TV shows have come and gone, and they are still there for each other, through thick and thin. May we all be so blessed to have this kind of sisterhood in our lives! So cheers to Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa! Keep showing everyone how Latinas do.