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Earlier this week, Selena Gomez revealed she had undergone a kidney transplant (opens in new tab), due to her ongoing battle with Lupu (opens in new tab)s (opens in new tab). And the news has had a rather positive outcome for a Lupus charity.
Since she shared the moving story on Instagram (opens in new tab) that her friend Francia Raisa donated a kidney, the Lupus Research Alliance has seen donations skyrocket, and they've now reached an incredible $500,000.
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The actress and singer has suffered from the autoimmune and inflammatory disease for a few years now, and has opened up about the life-saving surgery for the "misunderstood" disease.
"So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health," Gomez wrote."I honestly look forward to sharing with you soon my journey through these past several months, as I have always wanted to do with you."
"Until then, I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery."
She added: "And finally, there aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much, sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made."
Thanks to Gomez's revelation, the world now understands a little more about the autoimmune condition, and people's contributions to the charity will aid much needed research.
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