Lu­pus pa­tient Gomez has kid­ney trans­plant

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS -

Selena Gomez re­cently re­ceived a kid­ney trans­plant from tele­vi­sion ac­tress Fran­cia Raisa due to her strug­gle with lu­pus, the ac­tresssinger re­vealed Thurs­day. Gomez dis­closed in an In­sta­gram post con­firmed by her pub­li­cist 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 added. 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 for­mer pub­li­cist said she for­warded a re­quest for comment to Raisa on Thurs­day; it was not im­me­di­ately re­turned. Gomez in 2015 re­vealed her di­ag­no­sis of lu­pus, an au­toim­mune dis­ease in which the body mis­tak­enly at­tacks its own tis­sues, some­times in­clud­ing the kid­neys.


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