Watch: Francia Raisa Explain How She Became Selena Gomez’s Kidney Donor


Selena Gomez’s BFF Francia Raisa opens up about how she donated her kidney to Selena and how they dealt with surgery and recovery. Francia Raisa also opens up about the “depression” the pair suffered after she donated her kidney to the 25-year-old pop star as part of her treatment for lupus. Gomez, she said, told her over FaceTime she was a match. The “Grown-ish”. actress said:

“And I’m like, ‘Yay… what? How do you know this? I had a way that I wanted to tell her when I made the decision. I knew it was gonna happen, I just needed that time, like it’s a big thing.”

She continued:

“So I hang up, and I call my social worker, and I’m angry. And she told me, ‘It’s gonna be hard: the recipient is gonna glow, and she’s gonna recover a lot faster than the donor is ‘cause she’s receiving something she needs. You’re losing something you don’t need to lose. It’s gonna be hard.’ And it was very hard. Selena and I both went through a depression.”

Gomez, according to Raisa:

“had some complications with hers, and she’s bigger scars, than you know, I do.”

Raisa said that Gomez texted her, “I’m so scared I might die.” Raisa revealed:

“I was like, ‘What?’ And I – I was calling someone and that’s when when she got the complication where the kidney turned and broke an artery. And she had to go back in and they actually had to take a vein out of her leg, so she has a scar right here, and um, build a wall around her artery.”

Check out the full video interview below.