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Selena Gomez Secret Kidney Transplant

September 14, 2017

Selena Gomez had taken a little time away from the spotlight and today surprised us all by announcing that time was to go have surgery. And not just any surgery, but a kidney transplant!

Selena has been public about her struggles with lupus - a disease with symptoms like fevers and fatigue, but can also lead to organ damage. The donor for her kidney is her best friend, actress Francia Raisa. Who is now getting way new honors in the BFF hall of fame, right?!

We're so happy they both seem to be doing well. Love to Selena for a fast recovery!

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

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