At this particular moment in my life, the very best gift a friend could surprise me with would probably be a bottle of coyote pee (I got a raccoon problem). For Selena Gomez, the best gift she got from a friend recently was a new kidney. From her own body. Sorry, Taylor Swift. I know you like to act like the very best friend that ever lived, but a kidney transplant definitely beats out a t-shirt mention.
Selena Gomez posted the above photo on Instagram of her in the hospital with her friend Francia Raisa. Selena had been somewhat MIA this summer, which was a little weird considering she had new music to promote. Selena explained that she had been recovering from kidney transplant surgery, which was all thanks to her ongoing battle with lupus.
“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. 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. 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 aren’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.”
She also showed off her kidney transplant scar:
Donating a kidney is right up there with offering to help a friend move. Actually, now that I think of it, you’d probably have a better chance receiving a kidney from a friend than getting a friend to help you move. When faced with either scooping out a kidney or hauling heavy boxes filled with your shit up and down the stairs of a four story walk-up all day for pizza and beer, I’m sure 9 out of 10 friends would be like “Oh, no question – definitely take my kidney. Here, I’ll get a knife.”
Here’s Selena filming Woody Allen’s new project with Timothée Chalamet earlier this week in NYC: