Selena Gomez shared a very vulnerable photo on her Instagram page on Thursday which revealed that she had gotten a kidney transplant due to her struggle with lupus.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues, sometimes including the kidneys. One healthy kidney is all the body needs, and Lupus tends not to come back after the operation because the drugs that prevent kidney rejection are also very good for treating lupus.
The causes of lupus are unknown and symptoms may include high blood pressure, bloody or foamy urine, unexplained weight gain, or swelling in the legs, ankles or around the eyes.
In an amazing act of friendship and kindness, a kidney was donated by her friend Francia Raisa, who is an actress best known for her role as Adrian Lee on the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Bring it On: All or Nothing.
She wrote, in an Instagram post early Thursday that she had been out of the spotlight this summer because she was recovering from the procedure.
In the post, Gomez and Raisa were holding hands while lying side-by-side in hospital beds.