Selena Gomez Speaks Out About Kidney Transplant: It Was 'Life or Death'

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The former Disney Channel star revealed that she had been diagnosed with Lupus in 2015.

'My kidneys were just done.

"What I wanted more than anything was for us to be together, so I got a space for us to be in together", Gomez, 25, continued.

"I just hope that this inspires people to feel good that there are really good people in the world", the "Bad Liar" singer told host Savannah Guthrie as she gets emotional recounting the experience. She volunteered and did it.

"Let alone somebody wanting to volunteer, it's incredibly hard to find a match", Gomez said.

Last month, Selena Gomez shocked fans when she revealed she'd had a kidney transplant after complications from her lupus.

'One day she came home, and she was emotional. "I knew she hadn't been feeling well". In 2016, Selena opened up about using her platform to educate others on the illness. She chucked it and started crying. The list is seven to 10 years long.

"Gomez was quickly returned to the operating room after her new kidney started turning around inside her body", NBC News said. The night before the surgery, the friends braided their hair and shared an extravagant meal. However, the fear was there.

"I had to write a will which was scary".

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She learned that the kidney had turned around in her body and that she needed to go back into surgery.

"My teeth were like grinding, I was freaking out", Gomez explained. A standard kidney transplant is only two hours.

The friends weren't just up and running around afterward-it was a tough recovery process. "When you told your mom, she was like, 'What are you doing?'" Gomez said. Raisa is a 29-year-old actress who appeared in Bring It On sequel All Or Nothing and The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, as well as the critically acclaimed Dear White People. And Gomez and Raisa have reportedly been very close friends since meeting in 2008.

Gomez also knew the chances of Raisa being a donor match weren't likely.

Raisa went in for surgery first, followed by Gomez.

'She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. "I am incredibly blessed", she added.

Her procedure came first that day. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about half of all cases of systemic lupus affect a major organ such as the heart, lung, kidneys or brain.

'So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. But she had to take extra precautions incase the surgery was unsuccessful.

Gomez - who is now promoting her new single Wolves - explained her kidney transplant procedure to her 128m Instagram followers on 14 September with a shot of herself and Raisa holding hands side by side in hospital beds.

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