Selena Gomez ‘Could Have Died’ Following Kidney Transplant, Says Francia Raísa

Selena Gomez and Francia Raísa

by Edwina Langley |

She astonished (and worried) fans when she revealed last year that she had undergone a kidney transplant, but according to her friend Francia Raísa, a post-operation complication meant Selena Gomez 'could have died'.

Speaking to W magazine, Francia – who donated one of her kidneys to Selena due to the singer's systemic autoimmune disease, Lupus – explained how following the operation Selena had a 'complication'.

'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.'

Francia added, 'She could have died'.

Following the procedure, Selene posted a picture to Instagram revealing what had happened and why she had kept herself out of the spotlight over the summer.

'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,' she wrote. 'So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.'

'...there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,' she added. 'She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.'

The songstress ended her post: 'Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ - by grace through faith.'

Since the operation, Selena has by and large been keeping a low profile. As for actress Francia, two weeks after the op she auditioned for a role in the (now) uber popular TV series Grown-ish – and got it.

'2018 I am just enjoying,' she says of today. 'The show is a hit. My health is good. I have a new home, I have an amazing new boyfriend that I met on set... Now I’m more motivated and inspired than ever.'

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