Earlier this year, the "Fetish" singer's battle with lupus caused her to need a kidney transplant, which was donated by her friend Francia Raisa. She also thanked her family and the team of doctors for everything they had done.
Gomez recieved a live kidney from her longtime best friend, Francia Raisa. "Francia told a few people in her inner circle that she was donating one of her kidneys, but no one knew who it was for", the source told Us.
According to Entertainment Weekly, fans of Gomez have reached out to her on social media, expressing their love and support for the singer - after all, the surgery does not ensure that the disease will go away. "Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made", she wrote.
Raisa then linked to the Lupus Research Alliance website, urging her followers to learn more about the autoimmune disease.
Lupus turns the body's immune system against itself and attacks vital organs, including the kidneys, which is why it's so devastating.
"I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process", she captioned the image. She looked happy and healthy and unfazed by all the attention she has been getting after revealing that she underwent a kidney transplant. The duo played friends on the ABC Family (now Freeform) series for several years, and it's clear they're besties off-screen, too. He doesn't want her doing any more than she has to do, he's always worrying about her getting exhausted.
No one really knows how common lupus is, but what is known is that it is more common among women than men, and more common among blacks and Hispanics than whites, Askanase noted.
As for whether or not Francia was financially compensated for her contribution, Almendarez shared that it was all from the kindness of her daughter's heart.