Raisa was sharing a house with Gomez when she realized how weak her friend was becoming.
"She couldn't open a water bottle one day", Raisa recalled.
"She lived with me during this interesting time when my kidneys were just done".
The singer was diagnosed with lupus five years ago and revealed in September that she underwent surgery over the summer after the autoimmune disease started attacking the organ. Blood and urine tests revealed she'd be a flawless organ donor for Selena, so the transplant was scheduled.
Francia described the day she found out just how sick Selena really was. "I had to write a will, which was scary because there's no guarantee I'll wake up", she said.
"My teeth were grinding, I was freaking out".
After an expedited process, with blood tests and psychological screenings taking place over the course of a single day rather than six months, the two began their shared journey. "Apparently one of the arteries had flipped". She said that she was suffering from arthritis and knew that her kidneys were shutting down, which was particularly worrisome since the waiting list for a transplant was seven to 10 years long.
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The friends weren't just up and running around afterward-it was a tough recovery process. Gomez also said that they were on bed rest and only allowed to walk for an hour each day.
Raisa said she wanted to get tested to see if she was a match but Gomez was hesitant; she couldn't imagine asking a friend to do something like that for her.
The limitations were particularly tough for Francia to get used to when it came to bathing and changing. "I'm very grateful that there are people who know what to do in that situation".
"She saved my life".
Raisa agreed to donate her organ on the spot. "I think one of the most humbling experiences was needing help to, like, put on underwear". "My mom didn't want to be there until I woke up", Raisa added. We couldn't take showers by ourselves. "Usually, the process takes like six months, so it was really fast". Photo via Instagram "My lupus - there's about a 3-5 percent chance it'll ever come back", the singer told NBC's "Today" on Monday. "That's not real", Gomez added.
"As soon as I got the kidney transplant, my arthritis went away. I hope that this inspires people to feel good, to know that there is really good people in the world".