Francia Raisa Reveals Scar While Working Out After Donating Kidney to BFF Selena Gomez
Francia Raisa, Selena Gomez's best friend who donated her kidney to the singer, was back in action at the gym on Thursday months after the transplant
She’s back in action.
“Happy to be back,” she wrote in the caption.
The 29-year-old actress was revealed to be Gomez’s kidney donor, after the 25-year-old singer shared a photo of them on separate hospital beds holding hands.
“They’ve been friends for many years. They’re like sisters. I love her a lot, too. She loves me a lot. She says I’m her mom,” Almendarez told the Spanish-language broadcaster of her daughter and Gomez.
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“All I could do was support her. People need to know that you can live with one kidney, there are a lot of individuals that get scared to donate to people that need it because they’re afraid of never again living a normal life. But there is no danger,” Almendarez explained, adding that Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, gave her a big hug and said: “I don’t know what to say.”
Gomez’s family members were not a match for a kidney, but luckily Raisa — who first met Gomez at a charity event when they were teens — proved to be.
According to Raisa’s mom, the longtime friends are closer than ever.
“The love between them has really grown. Selena is a great girl, and she also has a big heart, as does Francia. I’m very proud of both of them,” Almendarez said. “Francia has a huge heart because not anyone would just let go of one of their organs to give it to someone else.”