"When singer Selena Gomez found out she needed a kidney transplant she discovered the daunting reality: it can take many years before an organ from a deceased donor becomes available. She also learned the process can be dramatically sped up if a living donor can be found. For Gomez, that was her best friend, Francia Raísa.
"Gomez and Raísa talked about the secret kidney operation they underwent earlier this year in an exclusive interview with NBC News. Their hope is to help others going through similar health problems."
Read more and watch the NBC News Exclusive with Gomez along side her best friend and living kidney donor, Francia Raísa.
By Linda Carroll, October 30, 2017