It is not the first time he returns to the subject, but for Selena Gomez, 30 years old, the gesture made by her friend Francia Raisa, who donated her a kidney, has concretely transformed her life. She also spoke about it on the occasion of the last episode of Dear… of Apple TV+, in which the star of Only Murder In the Building she recounted realizing in 2017 that her lupus diagnosis would require a new organ transplant.
“I could never be more in debt than to France,” he said in the March 10 episode. “The fact that one person didn’t think twice about donating was incredibly overwhelming,” she explained, adding that “it was one of those moments where I felt protected from above. I know I’m enormously lucky and I also know that this doesn’t happen to many people. I know the outcome of some similar situations and how serious they are, so I don’t take what happened to me lightly.”
The two friends would apparently have a moment of public conflict in 2022, when Gomez, in her documentary focusing on mental health My mind and me, speaking of Taylor Swift defines her “only true friend in the industry”. Soon after, Raisa unfollowed Gomez on social media and fans speculated that she might resent that statement.
At the time of Raisa’s donation, Gomez had written a long Instagram post thanking her for what she was doing. “I’m aware that some of my fans have noticed that I’ve been keeping a low profile for most of the summer and are wondering why I’m not promoting my new music, which I’m extremely proud of. I found out I needed a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering from the operation. It was what I needed to do for my overall health.
He then added: «In all honesty, I can’t wait to be able to share with you very soon this journey I’ve made over the last few months, as I’ve always wanted to do. In the meantime, I would like to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they did for me before and after the surgery. And finally, there are no words to describe the gratitude I have for my wonderful friend Francia Raisa. Her gift and her last sacrifice for me was to give me one of her kidneys. I feel deeply blessed. I love you so much little sister. Lupus continues to be a little-known disease, but progress is being made. For more information, visit the Lupus Research Alliance website.”
What we know about lupus
Lupus is a rheumatological disease of autoimmune origin, caused by auncontrolled activation of the immune system which leads to inflammation of the body’s tissues.
The most common symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, skin, hematological and renal manifestations, as well as neurological or psychiatric disorders. There is a higher frequency in women of childbearing agebetween 15 and 45 years old.
To date, there are no pharmacological treatments for lupus, but the treatments available nevertheless make it possible to control or block its course, also improving the quality of life of patients affected by a complex and fluctuating pathology.
In Italy they are approx 60 thousand people who live with a diagnosis of Lupus and an estimated 1500 – 2000 new diagnoses per year.
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