Singer and actress, Selena Gomez, 25, revealed on Instagram Thursday that she recently took a step back from the spotlight to focus on recovering and getting her health together after having a necessary kidney transplant due to her battle with lupus.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.
In Miss. Gomez's case, her lupus damaged her kidneys to the point that she had to get a transplant.
Mrs. Gomez shared a photo of, revealing that her donor was her best friend, 29-year-old actress, Francia Raisa.
In the photo, the ladies held hands from their hospital beds.
“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” said Gomez.
“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much, sis.”
Miss Raisa shared back in 2013, that she met Selena six years ago when child stars from Disney and Disney affiliated shows visited a children's hospital.
“Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked,” Miss Raisa said.
Since then the duo has remained friends over the years.
See the Instagram photo with the message from Selena below.