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"I didn't want to ask a single person in my life. And she volunteered and did it." @selenagomez is speaking out about her kidney transplant with friend and donor Francia Raisa. Catch @savannahguthrie's exclusive interview next week on TODAY.
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“My kidneys were just done.”
Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa made headlines earlier this year when they both posted photos of themselves in hospital beds revealing the kidney transplant. After months of secrecy, Gomez and Raisa share what they went through to save Gomez’ life. The Texas-native has been open about her battle with lupus, which does not usually cause kidney infections. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, the medication that is used in lupus treatment in rare cases of lupus nephritis can force the kidneys to shut down. Lupus nephritis is when the lupus disease causes inflammation in the kidneys leaving them unable to remove waste from your blood. The two friends sat down with Savannah Guthrie about their journey together as donor and donee. During the interview, Gomez gets candid about the importance of the selfless act Raisa did without hesitating.
Guthrie: “You feel like Francia saved your life?”
Gomez: “Yes. Because she did. That…that’s it.”
Their friendship has inspired so many people.
Definition of strong women, this is a pure friendship, I love them ????
— oʇuɐ (@cryIngwsel) October 27, 2017
Offering up a part of your body for a transplant to save your friends life is probably the greatest gift you could ever give.
Like, people are super emotional over their touching story.
The “NBC Today Show” exclusive interview will air first on NBC News on Monday night and will air again Tuesday morning during the “Today Show.”
Fans are deeply impacted by Gomez’s words.
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There’s nothing more powerful than realizing that someone literally saved your life. ?