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    Francia Raisa Says She And Selena Gomez Are "Family" After Their Kidney Transplant

    "She has my blood."

    As you've probably heard, Selena Gomez received a kidney from her close friend Francia Raisa last summer.

    The transplant was done as part of the star's treatment for lupus. Gomez says her "kidneys were just done" before the surgery took place.

    And now, Francia is telling her side of the story. In an upcoming interview on Harry Connick Jr.'s show, Harry, Raisa goes deep about her experience donating a kidney.

    First, Raisa explained why the surgery was actually harder on her than it was on Gomez:

    It’s harder as the donor because we are losing something our body didn’t need to lose, so trying to recover from that and she’s gaining something her body needed... So she’s up and at it immediately and I had a hard time.

    "I couldn’t get up without having someone help me. That was very humbling. I couldn’t take a shower by myself, I had to have someone help me because I couldn’t move."

    And Francia says that Gomez had a really difficult time accepting such an enormous gift from her friend.

    "It was a big surgery. She felt bad about even having me do that because we are just friends," she said.

    But Raisa says that after going through the harrowing experience together, the two are more like family:

    I am not her family or anything. Well, I am now. She has my blood. She felt bad. We just wanted our families around and it was cool because now I have a big family. I lost my grandparents when I was younger… Her grandparents are my grandparents now and so I have this extension of a family and it’s been really amazing.

    Raisa's full interview with Harry Connick Jr. will air Monday Feb. 19.

    H/T to Just Jared.