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Over the summer, Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant (opens in new tab), thanks to a donation from her best friend Francia Raisa. While the public was completely in the dark about Selena's surgery, her mother Mandy Teefey was feeling "helpless" about her daughter's health, she revealed on Instagram on Sunday.
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Teefey, who produces 13 Reasons Why alongside Selena, said she was "scared" for both her daughter and Francia's health. "All I could do was pray for both of them [and] Francia's beautiful family," she wrote. She also added that the operation brought Francia into her family forever. "Selena gained a kidney, I was able to keep my little girl, but I also gained another daughter," she wrote.
Read her full caption below:
"This picture is one of the most breathtaking images that will live with me forever. For all those moments of not knowing if we were going up or going down, I can always come back to this picture and know we can always make it back up. As a mother I was helpless, scared and all I could do was pray for both of them, Francia's beautiful family. I am pretty sure I am banned from that hospital. Mama Bear was in high gear. Selena gained a kidney, I was able to keep my little girl, but I also gained another daughter....thank you to everyone who was there for Sel, Francia and our families. We survived from all the love, prayers and God."
Francia's mother, Virginia Almendarez, opened up to Telemundo about what the surgery was like for her and her daughter. "Francia Raisa is an adult already, and she makes her own choices. She told me about it, and of course, at first, I was worried, but then she said that she had been thoroughly informed about everything and that she was going to do it. All I could do was support her," she said, according to E! News. "Francia has a huge heart because not anyone would just let go of one of their organs to give it to someone else."
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