Learn The Touching Story About The Day Selena Gomez And Francia Raisa Met At A Hospital Visiting Sick Children
On Sept. 14, Selena Gomez revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant due to her Lupus condition. Fans were completely shocked — not so much because of the crucial surgery but because no one suspected Gomez had undergone a procedure of that caliber. When Gomez made the announcement public she also revealed the organ came from her longtime friend Francia Raísa.
So who exactly is Francia Raísa and what compelled her to give one of her kidneys to her friend?franciaraisa / Instagram
While most people would step up to the plate when a friend is in need, giving a kidney is not like sharing a pair of shoes and we’re sure even the closest pals would have some reservations about undergoing this kind of surgery.
CNN reports that last year 33,000 transplants were performed in the United States and more than 13,000 of them were kidney transplants, 5,629 from living donors.franciaraisa / Twitter
Which means this is not something most people would do without really thinking about it.
Francia Raísa has been a dancer basically her whole life, and an actor since 2005, according to her IMDB page.franciaraisa / Instagram
But you – or your parents – might be more familiar with her dad…
Raísa is a 29-year-old Latina of Mexican and Honduras descent.franciaraisa / Instagram
She has starred in various TV and film roles including “Fired Up!”, “Bring It On: All Or Nothing.”
She also has had a big reoccurring role on “The Secret Life Of The American Teenager” as Adrian Lee.franciaraisa / Instagram
Most recently, she appeared on and Netflix’s “Dear White People.”
Her dad is the famous radio personality El Cucuy De La Mañana.elcucuydelamanana / Instagram
Crazy, right? You might recognize his hame from his various morning radio shows.
Raísa and Gomez met in 2007 in a hospital when they were both there to visit and comfort children.franciaraisa / Instagram
Raísa met Gomez when the two actresses visited a children’s hospital.
“Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked,” Raísa told Latina magazine in 2013.Instagram / franciaraisa
The two have also been there for each other through the good and bad, including Gomez’s breakup with Justin Bieber and when Raísa went through her own heartbreak as mentioned in the caption above.
But Raísa and Gomez aren’t your average BFFs who hang out on weekends to just exchange heartbreak stories.franciaraisa / Instagram
“Francia and Selena are like sisters,” a source close to Raísa told Us magazine. “Selena is like a sister to her. Selena didn’t ask Francia to be tested as a match – Francia is the kind of person who would offer to do that for any one of her friends.”
And their bond seems to have been strong since day one.franciaraisa / Instagram
“When we first met you gave me a necklace that says ‘a sister is a forever friend’ you support and words this night meant the world to me. I love you sis! My forever friend. Happy 23rd Birthday ?,” Raísa captioned on July 22nd, 2015.
“I love her to death,” Raísa said about Gomez in 2012. “She’s my sister and she is one of the sweetest girls I know.”franciaraisa / Instagram
In an interview with Wetpaint, Raísa said in 2012 that Gomez is “so caring and so loving and so nurturing. She’s awesome. I don’t know where she came from.”
It’s safe to say that Raísa is probably as caring and nurturing as Gomezfranciaraisa / Instagram
She didn’t tell anyone about this secret kidney transplant.
According to Us magazine: “Francia told a few people in her inner circle.”franciaraisa / Instagram
“She was donating one of her kidneys, but no one knew who it was for. A lot of people in their inner circle knew that Francia was undergoing surgery but really didn’t ask too many questions.”
Talk about being in the circle of trust.
There’s no doubt Raísa is one of those friends who would do anything to help someone out.franciaraisa / Instagram
“I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life but changed mine in the process,” Raísa said on Instagram. “This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story.”
Selena’s mom, Mandy Teefey, also thanked Raísa for her courage.franciaraisa / Instagram
“The picture is one of the most breathtaking images that will live with me forever,” Teefey wrote on Sept. 17 on her Instagram account. “For all those moments of not knowing if we were going up or down, I can always come back to this picture and know we can always make it back up. As a mother I was helpless, scared and all I could do was pray for both of them, Francia’s beautiful family. I am pretty sure I am banned from that hospital. Mama Bear was in high gear. Selena gained a kidney, I was able to keep my little girl, but I also gained another daughter….thank you to everyone who was there for Sel, Francia and our families. We survived from all the love, prayers and God.”
If you want to see more of Raísa, tune in next year to watch her on the “Black-ish” spin-off.franciaraisa / Instagram
Raísa will appear on “Grown-ish” starring Yara Shahidi and will be Freeform in early 2018.
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