Last year, the world learned that Selena Gomez needed a kidney transplant in order to treat Lupus. Her friend Francia Raisa donated her kidney. The surgery took place in June, but they didn't tell the world until September.
Francia Raisa recently opened up about the struggles she faced after donating her kidney:
"It is crazy! 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. I'm a very, very active person, so the fact that my doctor said that I couldn't move for two months. 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."
Despite the obstacles she faced, she was happy to help her friend get well. In an interview airing on Monday, February 19, 2018, the 29-year-old Raisa is expected to discuss how this experience has bonded Selena and Francia closer together.
"Well, so our surgery was in June, or fans didn't find out until September. We wanted that privacy. It was a big surgery. She felt bad about even having me do that because we are just friends. I am not her family or anything. Well, I am now. She has my blood. She felt bad. We just wanted our families around and it was cool because now I have a big family. I lost my grandparents when I was younger...Her grandparents are my grandparents now and so I have this extension of a family and it's been really amazing."
Selena Gomez discussed her Lupus and the surgery back in September, saying:
"So I found out that 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. 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."
Francia Raisa's interview with Harry Connick Jr airs tomorrow.