Selena Gomez Got a Kidney Transplant & Her Longtime Friend Was the Donor

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When Selena Gomez checked herself into rehab in August 2014, many people were confused. Did she have a drug problem? Was there a mental illness nobody was aware of? Turns out, the former Disney Channel star was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Lupus and needed to get treatment. There is unfortunately no cure for the illness, but different medications, therapies, etc., can help a lot. This summer, Sel found out that she needed to get a kidney transplant and one of her longtime friends — Francia Raisa — stepped up to the plate.

The 25-year-old revealed this morning that the reason why she didn’t promote her new music as much as she had in the past was because she was quietly recovering from the major surgery. Here’s what she wrote on Instagram:

“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.”

Selena also shared pictures from her time in the hospital and during recovery.

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She encouraged fans to get more information about Lupus research by going to this website and closed her post with one of her favorite quotes — “by grace, through faith.”

Get well soon, Sel!