Selena Gomez could have died following her kidney transplant surgery last year, according to her best friend and donor.
The singer – who suffers from the incurable autoimmune disease lupus – received a kidney donation from friend and Grown-ish star Francia Raisa in May 2017. Gomez later described how the transplant “saved” her life.
Raisa has now spoken to W Magazine about how Gomez broke the news to her that she needed a new kidney, as well as how Gomez feared for her life following complications from the surgery.
“She went to go get tests, and she came home one day and she was serious,” Raisa 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. 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.’ And it just came out of me, and I said, ‘I’ll get tested.’ I called her assistant behind her back to get the information, and that’s how the process started.”
“Recovery was hard,” Raisa added. I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything.”
“Selena did have a complication, too. 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 it turned I broke 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,” Raisa then revealed.
Following news of Gomez’s transplant, half a million dollars was donated to a lupus charity by fans and patrons alike.