Selena Gomez details kidney transplant in emotional 'Today' interview

Emotional tale Selena Gomez was rushed back into surgery after she awoke from her life-saving kidney transplant earlier this year

Raisa described the powerful moment when she understood the vast struggle Gomez was going through, and said it was the moment she ultimately chose to volunteer her own kidney to her friend. The new kidney was turning around inside her body because one of the arteries had flipped.

In the first preview the Today show aired, Selena was crying while talking about her life-saving kidney transplant. And I said, 'What's wrong?' and that's when she told me.

The 25-year-old singer underwent the surgery earlier this summer due to complications with her condition Lupus, and has had to take a step back in terms of her career despite trying to promote her new music. The list is seven to ten years long.' And it just vomited out of me. That's when she immediately volunteered to get tested to donate.

Raisa admitted it was a no-brainer to get tested to see if she was a match, after months of watching Gomez struggle with her health. Gomez also couldn't imagine asking her friends and family to make such a sacrifice. "My mentality was to keep going", she said.

'My teeth, I was grinding.

"I remember waking up two hours after [the surgery], I saw my mom, I saw my stepdad, and I felt okay". I knew she hadn't been feeling well.

The recovery process was tough. They also remained on bed rest, walking for only one hour each day.




Gomez explained in a joint interview on Today: "I wanted us to feel good".

Gomez, who has since returned to work and is now shooting the new Woody Allen film, also revealed that she did not want to ask "a single person" for an organ when she discovered she needed the transplant.

Raisa even had to write a will before donating a kidney. "I think one of the more humbling experiences was needing help to put on underwear".

Raisa saved her life, Gomez said.

"We couldn't take showers by ourselves", Raisa added".

Gomez's boyfriend, The Weekend, was rumored to have been by her side throughout her recovery in hospital. "It was a really brutal process", Raisa said.

Both stars have since bounced back from the kidney transplant surgery, which has ridden Selena of her arthritis, high blood pressure, and her lupus, which now only has a "three to five per cent chance" of returning, and she is hopeful that sharing their story will give others in similar circumstances optimism for their own futures. "That's not real", Gomez added. I don't think what we went through is easy.

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