Last year, actress Francia Raisa made an incredible sacrifice. The "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Grown-ish" actress donated a kidney to best friend Selena Gomez.
Gomez shocked fans when she announced on Instagram that the transplant had taken place. In September, Gomez posted about the transplant, which had taken place over the summer.
In an interview with Harry Connick Jr. on his daytime talkshow, Raisa discussed how she came to agree to the transplant and the healing process. She revealed that she went through a tough recovery process after she donated the kidney.
“It’s harder as the donor because we are losing something our body didn’t need to lose,” said Raisa, 29, according to People.
The "Grown-ish" actress added that watching it was difficult for her to watch Gomez get “up and at it immediately” while she still had to go through months of recovery.
“I’m a very, very active person,” she added. That meant it was very difficult for her when her doctor said she "couldn’t move for two months.”
“I couldn’t do anything active. All I could do was walk. That was very hard for me, and I have a dog,” she continued. “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.”
Gomez revealed in September that she had to have the kidney transplant due to complications from lupus.
Explaining why she made the decision to give her friend a kidney, Raisa told Today’s Savannah Guthrie, “One day she came home, and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew she hadn’t been feeling well.”
Raisa continued, “She couldn’t open a water bottle one day. She chucked it, and she started crying. And I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and that’s when she told me. And she goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is seven to ten years long.’"
“It just vomited out of me: I was like, ‘Of course I’ll get tested,’” she added.
After news of the surgery broke, Raisa’s mother, Virginia Almendarez, spoke to Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo. She revealed that Raisa and Gomez had “been friends for many years.”
“They’re like sisters. I love her a lot, too. She loves me a lot. She says I’m her mom,” she continued, before adding that following the surgery, the longtime friends became closer than ever.
“The love between them has really grown. Selena is a great girl, and she also has a big heart, as does Francia. I’m very proud of both of them,” Almendarez said. “Francia has a huge heart because not anyone would just let go of one of their organs to give it to someone else.”
In late September, Raisa posted on social media to share that her recovery period was over. She shared a clip on Instagram, showing herself lifting weights.
“Happy to be back,” she captioned the video. In her workout clothes, her scar from the transplant was clearly visible.
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