Selena Gomez reveals she received a kidney transplant

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Selena Gomez took to Instagram this morning to reveal that she received the ultimate gift of life from her best friend, Francia Raisa. The actress and award-winning artist announced she received a kidney transplant over the summer due to complications from Lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes harm to organs and tissues. She said, “It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”

Although the leading causes of chronic kidney disease are mainly diabetes or high blood pressure, other related conditions, such as Lupus, can also impact the kidneys. Kidneys play a critical role in the body—acting as the body’s filtering system, removing wastes, and controlling blood pressure–and once they fail dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed just to stay alive.

National Kidney Foundation CEO, Kevin Longino, said, “Kidney disease has been part of my own life for as long as I can remember, affecting three generations of my family. I am alive today because of the kidney transplant I received 13 years ago from an anonymous deceased donor—and there isn’t a day that goes by when I do not give thanks to the family who, despite their tragic loss, allowed me to live.”

There are currently more than 100,000 people on the national kidney transplant wait list alone – and the average wait time is long: three to five years or longer.

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We hope that Ms. Gomez’s brave public acknowledgment of the battle she’s been privately facing, and the gift of life she received, will increase awareness of the need for living organ donors in the U.S. and help to alleviate the number of people who die while waiting for a second chance at life. We wish Ms. Gomez and Ms. Raisa a speedy and successful recovery.


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Corey Bryant serves as Director of Communications for The Alliance.
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