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Selena Gomez reveals she had kidney transplant

Selena Gomez revealed some shocking health news.

The pop star received a kidney transplant recently to help with her Lupus disease from her longtime pal, actress Francia Raisa, Gomez shared on Instagram Thursday.

“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” the 25-year-old wrote alongside a photo of the pair in side-by-side hospital beds.

“So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health,” she continued.

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The former Disney star thanked family, friends and hospital staff — but most of all Raisa, who she says gave her the “ultimate gift.”

Selena Gomez shares pictures following her kidney transplant.

Selena Gomez shares pictures following her kidney transplant.

(selenagomez via Instagram)

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” she wrote. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Raisa, 29, starred on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and will star in the “Black-ish” spin-off, “Grown-ish.” The pair has reportedly been friends since 2008.

“I am obsessed with every memory we’ve built in the last 8 years and the ones we have yet to create. I am so grateful that God put you in my life when he did,” Raisa wrote on Instagram for Gomez’s 24th birthday.

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The singer vowed to tell fans more about her health battle in the coming months, but urged them to learn more about Lupus, explaining that it is often “misunderstood.”


Selena Gomez and actress Francia Raisa were seen leaving “The Nice Guy” bar in West Hollywood, Calif., in 2015.

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Gomez first revealed she suffered from Lupus in a 2015 issue of Billboard. She had said she underwent chemotherapy to deal with condition.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that attacks its own tissues.

Symptoms include joint pain, fatigue and rash and can cause harm to your organs and tissues. There is no cure for Lupus, but it can be managed through medications — and in more serious cases, requires a kidney transplant.

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