Francia Raisa Reveals Scar While Working Out After Donating Kidney to BFF Selena Gomez
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.”