Why did Selena Gomez need a kidney transplant?

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Selena Gomez has opened up about her battle with Lupus in the past.

After a mysterious hiatus in 2016, the media began throwing around all kinds of accusations about what could be keeping the wildly successful pop star out of the spotlight, the most prominent of which was drug addiction. This was put to rest when Selena revealed her Lupus diagnosis and resulting chemotherapy treatment in this Billboard  interview.

Some of Selena’s fans have noticed her again laying low this past summer. Despite Selena’s recent releases, the 25-year-old singer did limited in-person promotion.

In a heart-wrenching Instagram early Thursday, Selena explains that her battle with the disease has raged on, causing her to need a kidney transplant.

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. 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

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The autoimmune disorder can lead to fever, extreme fatigue and eventually organ damage.

She received the organ donation from best friend and fellow actress Francia Raisa, known for parts in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Bring It On: All or Nothing.

 

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