Selena Gomez: Kidney transplant erased my arthritis - after artery scare

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"My kidneys were shutting down but my mentality was just to keep going", Selena revealed in the interview. Part one of the pair's interview with Today host Savannah Guthrie aired Monday morning, and you might want to grab a box of tissues before watching the duo tell the (majorly emotional) story of how Francia literally saved Selena's life.

"I guess I got to the point where it was really, kind of, life or death". She volunteered and did it.

Still, Raisa insisted. The actress had her blood and urine tested and underwent a series of physical and psychological evaluations all within the span of one day to see if she was a match-a process, she said, normally takes about six months.

Francia says she was living with Selena when she realized her health was deteriorating.

"One day she came home and she was emotional", Raisa said. I hadn't asked anything. I knew that she hadn't been feeling well.

'And she goes, "I don't know what to do".

'I'm thankful there are people that know what to do in that situation'. The list is seven to 10 years long, ' and it just vomited out of me. The night before the surgery, the friends braided their hair and shared an extravagant meal. But the fear was certainly there.

Francia's move wasn't without risk: "I had to write a will, which is scary".

Raisa had to prepare for the possibility that things might not go as planned.

Raisa went in for surgery first, followed by Gomez.

The 25-year-old has now spoken out about the reality of her traumatic year in an interview with NBC.

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"I was freaking out".

She added, "Apparently one of the arteries had flipped".

Selena is more than grateful to her friend who donated a kidney to her during the summer.

The recovery process was tough.

After the surgeries, the two were unable to do anything without help, from putting on underwear to taking a shower. Gomez also said that they were on bed rest and only allowed to walk for an hour each day.

"Because she did", Gomez replied.

She revealed that her mom didn't even want to be at the hospital until she woke up. At the time Raisa was starring in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place.

The friends then addressed the grueling recovery process, agreeing that it was most important for them to be able to heal side by side.

Francia said: "It was hard because you constantly needed to ask for help".

Raisa agreed to donate her organ on the spot. I am incredibly blessed.

Selena Gomez, who attended the Third Annual "InStyle Awards" presented by InStyle at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, opened up about her kidney transplant in a new interview. Lupus causes the immune system to attack its own organs and tissues and can affect the whole body.