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Selena Gomez, Francia Raisa open up about 'brutal recovery' following kidney transplant

Stacy Diaz | 30 October, 2017, 20:23

Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa sat down for their first interview about their kidney surgeries this morning with the Today show. Gomez also woke up from her procedure feeling fine but realized an excruciating pain as she tried to nap.

It can be recalled that this summer, Selena Gomez underwent kidney transplant due to her a health condition called Lupus.

"I had arthritis", Gomez told Guthrie.

"My kidneys were shutting down but my mentality was just to keep going", Selena revealed in the interview.

'My kidneys were just done. Blood and urine tests revealed she'd be a ideal organ donor for Selena, so the transplant was scheduled. And I said, 'What's wrong?' and that's when she told me.

"She was emotional", her friend Francia says. 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". "She couldn't open a water bottle one day".

"It was hard because you constantly needed to ask for help". "I was freaking out", she said. She didn't want to ask anyone to donate to her because of what a serious decision and commitment that is, but that's when Raisa stepped up, without hesitation. "I don't think what we went through was easy".

Gomez surprised many with the news of her transplant on September 14 by sharing a photograph of her and Francia in their hospital gowns holding hands to her 128 million Instagram followers. She chucked it and she started crying.

The doctors informed Gomez that she has to undergo surgery because her kidney was turning around in her body. Her teeth were grinding. And though the initial transplant was successful, hours after, Gomez's kidney began to turn around inside her body, resulting in a second surgery totaling six hours rather than the usual two. Apparently one of the arteries had flipped. "I am very thankful there are people who know what to do in that situation".

"I said, 'Of course I'll get tested!'."
I received good news last month and you Facetimed me minutes before you went up on stage just to congratulate me.

But they were together, as Gomez ensured they were recovering at a place alongside each other. They also remained on bed rest, walking for only one hour each day.

'You can't do any stairs or play anything insane'.

"We couldn't take showers by ourselves", Raisa added". "It was a really brutal process". "My lupus is at a three-to-five percent chance it'll ever come back". My blood pressure is better.