Selena Gomez & Kidney Donor Francia Raisa Open Up About Transplant

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People around the world were shocked when Selena Gomez revealed she had quietly received a kidney transplant this summer.

Her best friend, actress Francia Raisa, was her donor -- and the two just sat down together for a joint interview with Savannah Guthrie of The Today Show.

"You feel that Francia saved your life?" Guthrie asks Selena.

"Because she did. That’s it," Gomez replies.

The full segment will air on Monday and Tuesday.

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: -by grace through faith

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