Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Last Year Almost Took a Tragic Turn

March 9, 2018

USA Today

Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant last year almost took a tragic turn, we’ve just learned.

Gomez was diagnosed with lupus in 2013. Complications from the disease led to her needing a kidney transplant last summer. Her friend Francia Rasia donated the kidney.

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: -by grace through faith

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In a new interview with W Magazine, Rasia revealed that there was a complication during the surgery that almost turned tragic for Gomez.

After the procedure, Francia said she woke up to a text message from Selena saying she was really scared. The message went on to explain that her kidney was very active, and when it turned she broke an artery.

"They had to take her (Selena) into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place,” Rasia told W. “She could have died."

Luckily, the procedure was successful. Selena and Francia are both doing well.