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New Details Have Emerged About Selena Gomez's Operation

In an announcement that shocked fans and media alike, Selena Gomez last night revealed that she had undergone an emergency kidney transplant "over the summer".

The singer uploaded a trio of photos to Instagram to make the emotional confession, thanking her best friend Francia Raisa for stepping up and being her donor.

"I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my lupus... There aren't enough words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend," Selena wrote.

"She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me."

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. 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. 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. 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. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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Now TMZ have reportedly uncovered more details about Selena's surgery, with a number of sources saying that the 25-year-old had to be rushed to hospital while in Chicago for boyfriend The Weeknd's tour.

According to the insiders, Sel had been visiting The Weeknd - real name Abel Tesfaye - when she went into kidney failure, with Abel accompanying her to the hospital.

It's believed that Selena was already on a kidney transplant list at that point.

Selena first revealed that she had been diagnosed with autoimmune disease lupus in 2015, slamming tabloid media for misjudging her admittance to an Arizona rehab facility the year before.

“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy," she said at the time. "That’s what my break was really about.

"I could’ve had a stroke. I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.'"

Lupus is a chronic disease which causes inflammation in certain organs and can affect the skin, heart, lungs, brain, joints and kidneys; NBC News reports that as many as 60 per cent of lupus sufferers will develop kidney disease at some point.

While Selena hasn't revealed exactly what form of lupus she has been diagnosed with, there is one particular type - lupus nephritis - that attacks the kidneys and surrounding blood vessels "like a disease".

Lupus nephritis patients often require a kidney transplant but, say the National Kidney Foundation, it's unusual for lupus to come back in the new organ.

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