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    Posted on Oct 30, 2017

    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."

    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.

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

    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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