Selena Gomez has stunned fans by revealing she underwent a kidney transplant over the summer. The 25-year-old pop star and actress has suffered from lupus - a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system - since 2015.
And the condition led her to undertaking drastic surgery in the summer of 2017. In an Instagram post, the star shared an image of herself on a hospital bed following her treatment and wrote;
Iâ€™m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasnâ€™t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. 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. Continue...
I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there arenâ€™t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith