Selena Gomez has kid­ney trans­plant

Kingston Whig-Standard - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Selena Gomez re­cently re­ceived a kid­ney trans­plant from TV ac­tress Fran­cia Raisa due her strug­gle with lu­pus, the singer re­vealed Thurs­day.

Gomez re­vealed in an In­sta­gram post con­firmed by her pub­li­cist early Thurs­day that she has been some­what out of the spot­light this sum­mer be­cause she was re­cov­er­ing from the pro­ce­dure. The 25-year-old calls the trans­plant “what I needed to do for my over­all health.”

The post didn’t re­veal Gomez’s cur­rent con­di­tion or say where or when the pro­ce­dure took place. Gomez’s pub­li­cist de­clined to re­lease more in­for­ma­tion.

Gomez wrote “there aren’t words to de­scribe” how she can thank Raisa, who she says gave “the ul­ti­mate gift and sac­ri­fice by do­nat­ing her kid­ney.”

“I am in­cred­i­bly blessed,” she said.

The In­sta­gram post in­cludes a pic­ture of Gomez and Raisa hold­ing hands while ly­ing side by side in hos­pi­tal beds and an­other photo

of a scar on Gomez’s ab­domen. The 29-year-old Raisa is best known for her role on the ABC Fam­ily se­ries The Se­cret Life of the Amer­i­can

Teenager. Raisa’s pub­li­cist didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn a re­quest for comment Thurs­day.

Gomez re­vealed her lu­pus di­ag­no­sis in 2015 and took a break from her ca­reer last year to deal with anx­i­ety, panic at­tacks and de­pres­sion stem­ming from her bat­tle with the dis­ease. The dis­ease causes fi­brous tis­sue and in­flam­ma­tion of in­ter­nal or­gans, skin rashes and joint pain. It af­fects women nine times more than men. Or­gans af­fected by lu­pus in­clude the kid­neys, heart and lungs.

Gomez got her start as a child ac­tress be­fore launch­ing her mu­sic ca­reer. She ap­peared on Bar­ney and

Friends be­fore break­ing through as a teen star on the Dis­ney Chan­nel’s

Wizards of Waverly Place. She has a mas­sive fol­low­ing on so­cial me­dia. Her 126 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram are the most on the plat­form.


Selena Gomez arrives at WE Day Cal­i­for­nia at the Fo­rum in In­gle­wood, Calif., in April. Gomez re­vealed in an In­sta­gram post Thurs­day, that she re­ceived a kid­ney trans­plant be­cause of her strug­gle with Lu­pus.

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