Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Friend's kidney donation saved Gomez's life, she says

Selena Gomez says her friend Francia Raisa saved her life by donating a kidney to the singer earlier this year.

Gomez and Raisa sat down for an interview with NBC News that is set to air next week. In a preview clip, Gomez says that she didn't want to ask anyone to be a donor but that Raisa "volunteered and did it." Gomez announced the procedure last month, saying she needed a new kidney because of her lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues, sometimes including the kidneys.

She tells NBC her condition "was really kind of life or death."

Raisa, 29, is an actress best known for her role on the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

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