Francia Raisa: 'Brutal recovery from kidney surgery was humbling'

Tomas Mccoy
October 31, 2017

"That's not real", she said.

"She couldn't open a water bottle one day", Raisa recalled.

The 25 year old continued: 'That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life...

"She lived with me during this interesting time when my kidneys were just done".

Francia woke up feeling calm, but when Selena woke up from her first surgery, she started hyperventilating.

'That was the day I came home and she volunteered, she did it, ' she said solemnly. '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, ' she wrote back then.

That's when Selena told Francia she was in need of a donor, and the wait list was seven to 10 years long. Blood and urine tests revealed she'd be a ideal organ donor for Selena, so the transplant was scheduled.

The testing process to determine if someone is a donor match for a patient usually takes about six months, Francia said, but because Selena was in an "emergency situation", it was done in a day. I love you so much sis, ' she praised her pal.

If you're up to date on recent Selena Gomez news, you'll know that she recently received a life-saving kidney from her friend Francia Raisa.

In September, Selena Gomez revealed on Instagram that she had undergone a kidney transplant. "My teeth - I was grinding - I was freaking out". "It was a six hour surgery that they had to do on me, and the normal kidney process is actually two hours".

'Apparently one of the arteries flipped, ' Gomez explained to Savannah Guthrie.

And despite a "humbling" recovery process, during which Selena and Francia were only able to walk for about an hour a day and needed help doing everything, including taking showers, Selena said the ordeal has already had noticeable effects on her life. Francia says she also got something out of it. "I'm very grateful that there are people who know what to do in that situation".

When Guthrie probed: 'You feel like Francia saved your life?' the singer responded without hesitation: 'Because she did.

Raisa agreed to donate her organ on the spot. "There are so many moments we have and things you do that I cherish and don't take for granted".

The former Disney Channel star revealed that she had been diagnosed with Lupus in 2015. "I really do. I don't think what we went through was easy, I don't think it was fun".

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