Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa Dealt with Depression After Kidney Transplant
Francia Raisa has been incredibly open and honest when it comes to detailing the painful aftermath of donating a kidney to BFF Selena Gomez over the summer. While the actress obviously doesn’t regret her decision at all, especially since the 25-year-old is now thriving, she admits recovering from such a big surgery was brutal. In fact, the 29-year-old says that things got so bad for the girls at one point that they “both went through a depression.”
Her social worker told her prior to the surgery that donors usually have a harder time recovering because they lose something they don’t need to lose, Francia told Self magazine.
The social worker explained, “‘It’s going to be hard. The recipient is going to glow and she’s going to recover a lot faster than the donor because she’s getting something she needs and you are losing something you don’t need to lose. It’s going to be hard.’ And it was hard. Selena and I both went through a depression.”
But things weren’t just tough for the Grown-ish star. While SelGo was supposed to recover faster and easier, she faced a serious complication shortly after the transplant that could’ve been deadly.
“Selena did have a complication, too,” Francia previously revealed to W magazine. “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 she turned, she 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.”
Both FR and SG are now healthy and happy (WOOHOO!!!!) and Francia isn’t afraid to show off her scars, which she says are “a part of the story that makes you special and you different.”