Selena’s Kidney Transplant
Selena Gomez shocked the public when she posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday, Sept 14, revealing that she recently underwent a kidney transplant. The 25-year old singer-actress’ received the transplant from her friend, The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Francia Raisa.
A part of Gomez’ caption reads: “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.”
She also thanked Raisa in her post. “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
Her post explains why she has been out from the spotlight this summer despite having her new music released recently. She also addressed her fans saying: “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.”
The Instagram post included a photo of her holding hands with her friend while lying side-by-side in hospital beds and another photo of her operation scar.
Selena’s Lupus Disease
The young entertainer has always been public about her battle with lupus. Different news programs have reported that Gomez entered a rehab facility when she took a break in 2014. In 2015, she finally revealed the real reason behind her break and told Billboard magazine: “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
Then last year, she made a comeback at the American Music Awards and delivered an emotional speech about her personal struggles caused by lupus. It was recalled that Gomez went into rehab last October 2016 as she went through anxiety and depression. However, Gomez seemed to be better and stronger when she appeared to receive her award for Best Female Pop/Rock act.
Call for Attention on Lupus
As Gomez documented her battle with the disease for the past two years, people have been informed how lupus can affect not just a person’s physical health but also mentally and psychologically.
In her recent post, she even shared a link that provides some information on lupus. So, what is lupus and why did she need a kidney transplant? Like most people know, it’s an autoimmune disease wherein the body could not differentiate between its healthy tissue and foreign invaders. As a result, antibodies responsible for protecting the body organs now attack and cause inflammation instead.
According to Naveed N. Masani, a nephrologist and the medical director of the outpatient dialysis unit in New York, “60-90% of patients with the disease have kidney involvement.” Unfortunately, for lupus nephritis patients, waste products filtered and stuck in the kidneys accumulate and eventually damage the kidneys.
“Depending on when patients get diagnosed and how bad things are, (kidneys) can deteriorate rapidly,” Masani said. However, it’s not always the case. He also noted that new medications have helped slow the decay of the organ preventing kidney failure.
With that said, we’re just hoping that Gomez will successfully get over this battle after the transplant and as she religiously takes her medicines and follows her doctor’s advice.