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Francia Raisa Shares Challenges She Faced After Kidney Donation To Selena Gomez



Francia Raisa recently talked about her tough recovery process after she decided to donate her kidney to Selena Gomez. The best friends underwent surgery in September 2017.

During her appearance on Harry Connick Jr.'s daytime talk show, Harry, Raisa said that transplants are more difficult for donors because they are the ones who are losing something that their bodies did not need to lose.

The 29-year-old actress also said that Gomez recovered fairly quickly from the transplant, while she could not even move for two months.

"I couldn't do anything active. All I could was walk. That was very hard for me, and I have a dog. Every day the thing I look forward to is drinking my coffee, and walking, and I couldn't do that. It was really, really hard," said Raisa.

Why Did Francia Raisa Donate Her Kidney To Selena Gomez?

Even though Raisa had a tough time post-surgery, the Grown-ish star said that donating her kidney to Gomez was one of the best decisions she has ever made in her life. Last year, Raisa welled up when she told Savannah Guthrie on Today that Gomez was so weak before the surgery that she could not even open a water bottle.

After being tested, Raisa told her mom that she will donate her kidney to Gomez. At first, her mom was worried, but Virginia Almendarez could not be happier that both Raisa and Gomez are doing much better months after the procedure.

"They're like sisters. I love her a lot, too. She loves me a lot. She says I'm her mom... The love between them has really grown," said Almendarez in reference to Gomez.

Almendarez also said that both Raisa and Gomez have good hearts because they did not hesistate to help each other out during a time of need.

Selena Gomez Thanks Francia Raisa

Gomez has also spoken positively about Raisa on several occasions. Last year, she accepted Billboard's Woman of the Year award. During her speech, Gomez said that Raisa is the one who truly deserves the recognition.

"She saved my life... I feel incredibly lucky. Honestly, I couldn't be more grateful for the position that I've been given in my career from 7 to 14 to now. I want people to know that I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew I wanted to be a part of something great," said Gomez.

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