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Selena thanks her 'beautiful friend' after kidney donation

By Lucy Mapstone

Selena Gomez has undergone a kidney transplant and has thanked her friend Francia Raisa for donating the organ to her, describing it as the "ultimate gift and sacrifice".

The US singer and actress explained to her fans that she has been "laying low" throughout the summer because she underwent the operation due to suffering from the autoimmune disease lupus.

Gomez (25) shared a picture on Instagram of herself in a hospital bed next to actress Raisa, who was also hooked up to medical equipment.

She wrote: "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."

Gomez added: "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."

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