Francia Raisa is getting candid about her recovery process after she donated her kidney to best friend — and superstar — Selena Gomez.
Raisa will discuss on an upcoming episode of Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show “Harry” how much harder her recovery was than the singer’s, who was able to get up and move around almost immediately, People reported.
“It’s harder as the donor because we are losing something our body didn’t need to lose,” Raisa, 29, said.
“I couldn’t take a shower by myself, I had to have someone help me because I couldn’t move. I’m a very, very active person, so the fact that my doctor said I couldn’t move for two months,” she continued. “Two months, I couldn’t do anything active. All I could do was walk.”
Raisa donated her kidney to Gomez last summer and the two revealed the news on social media in September.
Gomez, 25, wrote that she could not thank Raisa enough for giving her the “ultimate gift.”
The singer, who suffers from Lupus, was in need of a transplant due to complications from the disease.
“One day she came home and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew she hadn’t been feeling well,” Raisa recalled.
“She couldn’t open a water bottle one day. She chucked it and she started crying. And I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and that’s when she told me. And she goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is seven to ten years long,'” she continued. “It just vomited out of me: I was like, ‘Of course I’ll get tested.'”
It turned out that Raisa was a match — and the two went forward with the transplant.
“She felt bad about even having me do that because we are just friends, I am not her family or anything,” Raisa said, according to Cosmo. “Well, I am now. She has my blood.”
The duo has been friends for nearly 10 years after meeting at a Disney and ABC Family charity event at the Children’s Hospital.
Raisa had a reoccurring role on the ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (2008-2013).
She and Gomez have remained close friends and attended the Billboard Women in Music awards on Nov. 30, 2017.
“Hermanas,” Raisa wrote on a photo of the two of them hugging at the event, which is the Spanish word for sisters.