Selena Gomez details kidney transplant in emotional 'Today' interview

Kelly Massey
October 31, 2017

It must have been terrifying for Gomez to be unable to do something as simple as open a water bottle, and that really shows how much she was suffering at the time. She didn't want to ask anyone to donate to her because of what a serious decision and commitment that is, but that's when Raisa stepped up, without hesitation.

Selena Gomez shared the details of her harrowing kidney transplant in an emotional interview Monday morning. She chucked it and just started crying and I said, 'What's wrong?' And that's when she told me. "That was the day I came home and she volunteered, she did it". "And then I went back to my room and attempted to fall asleep".

When Francia learned it could take seven to 10 years for Selena to receive a kidney donation from a stranger, she offered up her own organ without hesitation.

She continued, "It just vomited out of me: I was like, 'Of course I'll get tested'".

Raisa recalled she "did everything in, like, a day", even though the process usually takes six months, because her and Selena's situation was an "emergency situation". In Gomez's case, she had Raisa to serve as her live donor, which Dr. Montgomery said is a "great advantage" because "live donor transplants last twice as long, on average, as deceased donor kidneys".

Earlier this month, Selena Gomez revealed that she underwent a life-saving kidney transplant over the summer after her kidneys failed due to complications stemming from Lupus. "My teeth - I was grinding - I was freaking out".

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Selena Gomez opens up on 'life or death' kidney donation
In their first joint interview since the surgery, Gomez told United States network NBC: "My kidneys were just done". She said was recovering from a kidney transplant procedure - and she thanked Raisa for being there for her.

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"I remember waking up two hours after, and I saw my mom and my stepdad".

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

Selena Gomez says her arthritis went away as soon as she had her kidney transplant. She added, "I am very thankful that there are people that know what to do in that situation".

Gomez's boyfriend, The Weekend, was rumored to have been by her side throughout her recovery in hospital. "I think one of the more humbling experiences was needing help to put on underwear". "She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me". According to the National Kidney Foundation, the median wait time for a first-time kidney transplant is 3.6 years, a statistic which fluctuates along with health, compatibility, and availability.

"You feel she saved your life?" However, she also noted that she's feeling better than ever now, and that her Lupus only has a three to five percent chance of returning.

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