The 25 year old singer and actress, Selena Gomez has been struggling with lupus - a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.
Recently, Gomez revealed on an Instagram post that she had received a kidney transplant from friend Francia Raisa, in order to help her with the disease. The singer shared a picture with her friend, both laying side by side in hospital beds, holding hands and smiling at each other. She added the a picture of the transplant scar as well.
"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: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith" wrote Selena Gomez on her Instagram post.
According to reports, Selena was in Chicago visiting her boyfriend The Weeknd on tour when she suffered kidney failure. Francia Raisa, - an american actress - donated her kidney to save her friend's life.
Since her reveal, she has been spotted recently with The Weeknd - who stayed by herside and has been one of her biggest supports after the transplant.
Several celebrities has sent their well wishes to Selena, one of which came from Lady Gaga who called her a 'warrior princess.'