Singer, actress and former Mousekeeter Selena Gomez has just disclosed she is recovering from a kidney transplant. This past summer Gomez suffered kidney failure – something that is occurring at alarming rates in the Hispanic community.
Current statistics indicate that kidney failure has increased by more than 70 percent since 2000, with more than 23,000 Latinos on some kind of kidney transplant list. In California alone Hispanics make up forty percent of the waiting list for the ‘United Network for Organ Sharing’ list. Gomez is one of the lucky ones in that she secured a suitable live donor while waiting on the transplant for a kidney to come from someone that had died.
According to the National Kidney Foundation: “Hispanics are at greater risk for kidney disease and kidney failure than White Americans. In fact, Hispanics are 1½ times more likely to have kidney failure compared to other Americans.”
Francia Raisa, Gomez’ best friend gave Selena one of her kidneys. Raisa is a Honduran-American actress/model and daughter of iconic Spanish language radio DJ Renan Coello ‘El Cucuy de La Mañana’
The 25-year-old Mexican-American star suffered organ failure as a result of her battle with Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. Gomez made the announcement today on social media but is believed to have had the transplant in May.
Currently Gomez is in New York City working on her latest acting project, as part of Woody Allen’s newest film for Amazon Studios.
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