MAK­ING WAVES

The Signal - - LIFE -

Ever since re­veal­ing her lu­pus di­ag­no­sis in 2015, Selena Gomez, 25, has been up­front about the ef­fect the au­toim­mune dis­ease has had on her health, ca­reer and qual­ity of life. But she took it one step fur­ther early Thurs­day morn­ing when she re­vealed via In­sta­gram she’d re­ceived a kidney trans­plant as part of her on­go­ing treat­ment, ex­plain­ing, “It was what I needed to do for my over­all health.” She posted a touch­ing photo of her­self in her hos­pi­tal bed along­side her donor, fel­low ac­tress Fran­cia Raisa (‘The Se­cret Life of the Amer­i­can Teenager,’ ‘Dear White Peo­ple’).

SELENA GOMEZ VIA AP

Selena Gomez, right, holds hands with ac­tress Fran­cia Raisa, who gave Gomez a kidney.

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