Lupus patient Gomez has kidney transplant
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.