Francia Raisa Reveals Painful Aftermath of Selena Gomez Kidney Transplant
Francia Raisa and Selena Gomez aren’t technically family, but now they’re blood relatives for life. Last summer, the 29-year-old gave the ultimate gift when she donated her kidney to the 25-year-old, who desperately needed one because of complications of her lupus.
“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” the former Disney Channel star wrote when she announced the surgery, months after it happened. “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.”
Francia says she didn’t even think twice about getting tested and deciding to give Sel the kidney when she found out she needed one, but admits the recovery was incredibly painful.
“It’s harder as the donor because we are losing something our body didn’t need to lose, so trying to recover from that and she’s gaining something her body needed,” she said on Harry. “So she’s up and at it immediately and I had a hard time.”
In fact, things got so bad that she “couldn’t move for two months.”
She continued, “I couldn’t get up without having someone help me. That was very humbling. I couldn’t take a shower by myself, I had to have someone help me because I couldn’t move. […] Two months, I couldn’t do anything active. All I could do was walk. That was very hard for me and I have a dog and every day the thing I look forward to is drinking my coffee and walking and I couldn’t do that. It was really, really hard.”
When SelGo was named Billboard‘s 2017 Women of the Year back in November, she said she thought the Grown-ish star should’ve gotten the award because “she saved [her] life.” And from the sounds of her recovery, we could not agree more.