Francia Raísa Reveals Selena Gomez ‘Could Have Died’ From Serious Complication After Transplant

Francia Raísa Reveals Selena Gomez ‘Could Have Died’ From Serious Complication After Transplant

While Selena Gomez may be fully recovered from her kidney transplant last year, the singer’s best friend is revealing she had a potentially fatal health scare after the surgery.

Francia Raísa, one of the new stars of grown-ish, said both Gomez, 25, and herself had a hard time recovering after the actress gave her friend a new lease on life early last summer.

“Recovery was hard,” Raísa, 29, said in an interview with W Magazine. “I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything. Selena did have a complication, too.”

“A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared,’” Raísa revealed. “My kidney was very active, and when she turned, she broke an artery. They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place.”

The actress added, “She could have died.”

The two friends spoke about the transplant and lupus complications that Gomez was suffering from in October during an interview with TODAY‘s Savannah Guthrie.

“My kidneys were just done,” Gomez said. “That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me. She volunteered and did it. And let alone someone wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match.”

She added, “The fact that she was a match, I mean that’s unbelievable. That’s not real.”

Gomez opened up about the complication during the interview, recalling doctors telling her she would need another surgery as the new kidney was turning around inside of her body.

“My teeth were like grinding, I was freaking out,” Gomez explained. “It was a six-hour surgery that they had to do on me, and the normal kidney process is actually two hours.”

She added, “Apparently one of the arteries had flipped. I’m very grateful that there are people who know what to do in that situation.”



Nancy Danae

March 10th, 2018

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