Selena Gomez Recovering From Kidney Transplant After Lupus Diagnosis


Selena Gomez Recovering From Kidney Transplant After Lupus Diagnosis

Selena Gomez posted a surprising set of photos on Instagram on Thursday morning announcing she is recovering from a kidney transplant.

The 25-year-old singer, who has been out of the spotlight in recent months, shared a picture of her in a hospital bed next to her friend and donor, Francia Raisa, the star of "The Secret Life of The American Girl." The singer included a touching and detailed caption about her health.

Gomez, who suffers from lupus, initially went through an exhaustive search to see if any family members were a match for her to get a new kidney, according to celebrity-news site The Blast, which first reported the story.

"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," she wrote.

"I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery," she continued. "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."

Gomez told Billboard Magazine that her illness forced her to call off recent tour dates.

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