Selena Gomez: 'It was life-or-death before my kidney transplant'

Angelo Anderson
November 21, 2017

Thankfully, one of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life.

Two months ago, Gomez revealed she was recovering from the kidney transplant, which was given to her by Francia Raisa. "As many of you know, or might now know, I was diagnosed with lupus about five or six years ago". "And I am doing quite well now".

Selena said she hopes that in the future, more treatment options are possible.

Selena's comments come after she previously praised her transplant as a "beautiful thing", and believes her operation has "made her" who she is now. "To actually be honoring people like you, when in my world it [awards ceremonies] can seem kind of vain, this is really, really special", she said.

Less than a day after performing at the 2017 American Music Awards, her first performance since undergoing a kidney transplant this summer, Selena Gomez took the stage at the Lupus Research Alliance's Breaking Through Gala where she spoke about her "life or death" struggle with the autoimmune disease. In September, Selena helped raise nearly $500,000 for Lupus research through her appeals to fans via social media, following a kidney transplant.

She recalled that her doctors told her that how important and necessary a kidney transplant procedure for her.

The 25-year-old finished her speech by reiterating the need for increased awareness around the disease.

Gomez revealed she was diagnosed with lupus and was undergoing chemotherapy in an October 2015 Billboard interview.

At the AMAs Sunday night, Selena performed her new song Wolves. "I think it's a really handsome thing, and I have to remind myself that it's not a negative experience". "I'm very thankful that there are people who know what to do in that situation".

So it was fitting that Gomez traveled straight from the awards ceremony to the Lupus Research Alliance's 2017 gala in New York City, arriving at close to 3 a.m. on Monday (Nov. 20) in order to speak at the event that night.

"She lived with me in this interesting time where my kidneys were just done", said Gomez on NBC News.

With her arthritis now gone and a marked improvement in her blood pressure and energy level, the star thanked her doctors present at the gala for their support.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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