Francia Raisa finally broke her silence on the kidney transplant which saved Selena Gomez’s life. When speaking with Harry Connick Junior in an upcoming interview for Monday, February 19th, Francia opened up about the procedure and her relationship with the “Wolves” singer.
When speaking with Harry – as reported by Just Jared – Francia revealed their surgery took place in June of 2017, four months before her fans found out in September.
Raisa and Gomez said they “wanted that privacy,” because it was a pretty big surgery. Raisa noted Gomez felt terrible about taking her kidney because they were just friends and not family.
However, now, according to Francia, they’re family because she literally “has (her) blood.” Francia explained,”I’m not her family or anything. Well, I am now. She has my blood.”
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. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
She went on to say Gomez felt terrible about the process, but Raisa looks at the positive side. Now she has a bigger biological family, and Gomez gets to live.
Raisa revealed she lost her grandparents when she was a child, so now Gomez’s grandparents are technically hers now. As you may know, Selena and Francia exposed the news back in September on Instagram when they uploaded a photo of the pair in the hospital. You can see the photo above.
Gomez said to her fans that she found out she needed a kidney transplant because of her condition, Lupus. Gomez remarked there is no way to express how much she appreciates the gift given to her by her friend, Francia.
Raisa explained the kidney transplant process, and how it typically is a much bigger deal for the donor because they’re losing a vital organ rather than gaining one like Selena.
Gomez’s best friend stated she is an incredibly active person and to be told by her doctors that she had to be immobile for a long time was excruciating. However, it all worked out.