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BFFs Selena Gomez And Francia Raisa Open Up About Emotional Kidney Surgery

"The fact that she was a match is unbelievable. That's not real."

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In mid-September, fans discovered just how beautiful the power of friendship and love can be when besties Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa opened up about their kidney transplant surgery.

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And this morning, the brave women sat down with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie to speak candidly about the emotional experience.

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TODAY teased a preview of the interview last week.

Here's what we learned:

Behind closed doors, Selena Gomez was having an internal battle with her own body.

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Things were getting so bad, Selena was having trouble completing simple tasks.

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Selena told Francia the waitlist for a kidney transplant was extremely long and felt like she was running out of options. At that point, Francia didn't hesitate to get tested to see if she was a donor match.

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At this point in her life, Selena felt like her "kidneys were done."

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So, Francia's act of kindness was a bit overwhelming for her.

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Francia went through an expedited series of tests in order to prepare her for the procedure, including a blood and urine test, as well as a psychological and physical exam.

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Once surgery day arrived, Selena thought of a fun way to ease their nerves.

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Although Selena's health was the one deteriorating, thinking about the procedure made Francia fear for her own health.

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But even though the initial surgery was a success, Selena had to go into emergency surgery shortly after, because her new kidney was turning around inside her body.

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As for the recovery process, both ladies believe it was very humbling. They were on bed rest and only allowed to walk an hour a day.

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But it was all worth it in the end. Selena believes Francia saved her life and her health has already seen a major improvement.

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And now, they're hoping to inspire others.

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You can watch the full empowering interview below for more:

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