In an interview with W magazine, Francia Raisa reveals that they kidney transplant she and Selena Gomez underwent was complicated for the 'Wolves' singer. Francia recalled that a few hours after the two had surgery, she woke up to a text from Selena, in which the singer explained what happened right after their transplant surgery.
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"Selena did have a complication, too," Francia recalled. "A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared. My kidney was very active, and when I turned I burst an artery'. They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died."
Francia also recalled that ever since Selena found out she needed a new kidney and would likely die without one, she had been living in a constant bubble of fear. She revealed that she was with Selena as she struggled every day to fight the autoimmune disease Lupus, which made Selena's condition worse with each passing day.
Things went from bad to worse and Selena developed arthritis and after a doctor’s trip got the dire prognosis. “She went to go get tests, and she came home one day and she was serious,” Francia said. “We all have our moments, so I just let her do her thing, I didn’t ask questions.”
“She was asking me about my day and she grabbed a water bottle out of the fridge and tried to open it and couldn’t," she recalled. Then she threw it on the floor, and she fell to the floor and started crying. I was like, ‘What is wrong with you?’ She said, ‘I need a new kidney. I don’t know what I’m going to do, the waitlist is seven to 10 years.’
It is in this moment that Francia lent Selena her hand in support: "And it just came out of me, and I said, ‘I’ll get tested'." I called Selena's assistant to get the information, and that’s how the process started.”
Fortunately for them, Francia happened to be a match and the duo underwent a three-hour surgery. Even though the transplant was successful, the process of accepting the change wasn't. Francia revealed that she and Selena suffered from depression, but for a long time did not open up about it.
“We didn’t want to tell anybody because recovery was very hard for us, and we went through a depression at the time,” Francia revealed. “We kind of just wanted to be normal and not have that attention on us. I really left it up to her. I’ve never had anything personal come out about me before. I’ve dated very famous people, and no one knows because I’m very private. I was like, ‘Did you have to be famous?’”
Selena told her fans about her transplant on Instagram in September last year. The two even went on to give a joint interview on the 'Today Show' and spoke about their journey. During the interview, Selena was asked if she felt that Francia saved her life, the singer did not hesitate to answer and said, "She did. That’s it. I guess I got to the point where it was really kind of life or death.”
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