The need for organ donors is a pressing issue in today’s society. Having lost a childhood friend to disease when she was just 20 years old, I’ve seen first-hand how a lack of donors can cut short lives. That’s why I’ve signed up to the organ donor register.
Whilst it’s easy to assume that celebrities’ lives are always Instagram-perfect, that’s not the case. Celebrities have health problems just like you and I, and Selena Gomez recently shocked her fans by revealing that she’d had a kidney transplant earlier this year. Prior to the transplant, Gomez had been suffering from Lupus. This is a rare auto-immune disease which affects a person’s entire body. It is caused by the body’s immune system becoming hyperactive, and it can lead to kidney failure. Gomez opened up about her transplant on September 14, but did not give her first interview until October 27. “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,” she wrote on Instagram. “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 continued on Instagram. “I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you (sic).” “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. I love you so much sis.” In the United States, 20 people die every day on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Whilst Gomez’ celebrity status would have likely prompted her legions of fans to offer, she quickly found a donor much closer to home. “My kidneys were just done. That was it. And I did’t want to ask a single person in my life. And that was the day I came home and I found out, and [Francia] volunteered and did it,” Gomez revealed in the interview. In the Instagram post where Gomez revealed that she’d had a transplant, she bravely shared a picture of her post-operative scar. “You feel that [Raisa] saved your life,” Today host Savannah Guthrie said to the singer. “Because she did,” Gomez said, tearing up. “That’s it. I guess I got to the point where it was really kind of life or death.” Twenty-nine-year-old actress Raisa and 25-year-old Gomez have been friends for years, and Raisa’s selfless decision will have certainly brought the two even closer. The two met at an ABC charity event in 2007. It’s been estimated that Lupus affects 1.5 million Americans. We wish Gomez all the best as she continues to recover from her kidney transplant. This is a news report about Gomez’ battle with this debilitating disease. Now that she has had the transplant, she should be able to get her life and career back on track. Gomez’ decision to go public about her battle with Lupus will hopefully inspire other people to be organ donors.
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