Raisa described the powerful moment when she understood the huge struggle Gomez was going through, and said it was the moment she ultimately made a decision to volunteer her own kidney to her friend. "She couldn't open a water bottle one day".
"You constantly need to ask for help", she shared. And I said, 'What's wrong?' and that's when she told me. Unable to find a match amongst family members, and with a donor list seven to 10 years long, she found herself at an impasse.
She continued, "It just vomited out of me: I was like, 'Of course I'll get tested'". When they learned Raisa was a match, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" actress went through a grueling panel of testing in a day - a process that should have taken six months, she said. "That was it", Gomez said.
Gomez, 25, was suffering from arthritis and she was weeks away from dialysis when her friend stepped up to donate her kidney, Gomez said Monday in the first part of her "Today" show interview.
Selena Gomez has told how his body had begun to reject the graft and how she has had to go back into surgery so that the doctors can replace the kidney to the place.
'My teeth, I was grinding.
They underwent kidney transplant surgery over the summer (17), with Selena only going public with the news in September.
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'Apparently one of the arteries flipped, ' Gomez explained to Savannah Guthrie. She goes, 'I don't know what to do.
The recovery process was "humbling" and "brutal". They were on bed rest and were only allowed to walk around for one hour each day.
Raisa said she wanted to get tested to see if she was a match but Gomez was hesitant; she couldn't imagine asking a friend to do something like that for her. "I'm very thankful that there are people who know what to do in that situation".
Gomez's boyfriend, The Weekend, was rumored to have been by her side throughout her recovery in hospital.
Raisa even had to write a will before donating a kidney. According to the National Kidney Foundation, the median wait time for a first-time kidney transplant is 3.6 years, a statistic which fluctuates along with health, compatibility, and availability. "There are so many moments we have and things you do that I cherish and don't take for granted". "My lupus - there's about a three-to-five-percent chance it'll ever come back".
"You feel she saved your life?" "So I actually got a space for us to be in together".