Selena Gomez was awarded at the 2017 Billboard Women in Music event yesterday. While accepting her Woman of the Year award, the singer dedicated the honor to her BFF, Francia Raisa, who donated a kidney earlier this year. "She saved my life," Selena said tearfully.
"I feel incredibly lucky," she continued. "Honestly, I couldn't be more grateful for the position I've been given...I want people to know I respect the platform that I have so deeply." As Cosmo shares, the two attended the event together. “When we first met, we bonded immediately,” Francia said. “When I found out I was a match for Selena, I didn’t think twice about it.”
In September, Selena revealed that she got a kidney transplant over the summer. "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 shared on Instagram.
Lupus symptoms can vary greatly. As Dr. Alana Levine, a rheumatologist in New York City told Billboard, "One of the organs that lupus can affect is the kidneys. It's called lupus nephritis when that happens, which is inflammation of the kidneys." Inflamed kidneys are unable to filter toxins through the body. "As toxins build up, the kidneys might not be able to filter the blood properly, and in severe cases, a patient can become very sick."
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