They lie in hospital beds, side-by-side, holding hands.
One woman is widely recognized — pop star Selena Gomez.
The other woman might not be as recognizable, but what she has done for Gomez put her in the spotlight Thursday.
Gomez, 25, revealed she had a kidney transplant she needed because of her ongoing struggle with lupus. The other woman in the photo is her BFF, Los Angeles actress Francia Raisa, who gave Gomez a kidney.
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“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
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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Gomez did not reveal when she had the surgery, and her publicist did not release more information.
But here are a few things to know about the 29-year-old Raisa.
1. She and Gomez have been best friends for about eight years. As stars of shows on Disney and ABC Family, they met while visiting a children’s hospital. “Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked,” Raisa told Latina magazine.
In 2012 Raisa told Wetpaint: “I love her to death. She’s my sister and she is one of the sweetest girls I know. She is so caring and so loving and so nurturing. She’s awesome. I don’t know where she came from.”
I went through heartbreak this year and you left the studio and drove out of your way to come see me and comfort me. I received good news last month and you facetimed me minutes before you went up on stage just to congratulate me. There are so many moments we have and things you do that I cherish and don't take for granted. Wether its crying, laughing, or simply sitting on my kitchen floor throwing our hands up in the air confused at life, I'm thankful you're always there. I am obsessed with every memory we've built in the last 8 years and the ones we have yet to create. I am so grateful that God put you in my life when he did. If you think about the time that we met and where we were in our lives when we first hung out, his timing was perfect. It's been so inspiring watching you grow and to grow with you. I learn so much from you and I'm so so so proud of you. Happy Birthday Hermana. Love you so so so much @selenagomez
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2. She held Gomez’s hand through all that Justin Bieber drama and even appeared with Gomez in Dustin Tavella’s “Everybody Knows (Douchebag)” video — which fans took as a dig at Bieber during one of the many times he and Gomez broke up. (Gomez appears around the 4:20 mark.)
3. Born and raised in Southern California, Raisa is the daughter of Spanish-language radio personality Renan Almendarez Coello of Honduras — a top Latino DJ in Los Angeles known as “El Cucuy” — and Virginia Almendarez of Mexico, according to Raisa’s IMDB profile.
“Francia is a wonderful friend with a huge heart,” an insider tells Us Weekly. “They’ve thought of each other as sisters, and beyond their obvious bond through work and womanhood, they also share a lot through their faith and being Latina.”
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4. Before she acted, Raisa had a modeling career.
5. She is a TV actress best known for her recurring role as Adrian Lee on the ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” starring Shailene Woodley. Raisa won a Gracie Award for the role for “Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series or Special.”
According to People, she made her acting debut in 2005 on the series “Over There.” She also co-starred in the movie, “Bring it On: All or Nothing,” with Hayden Panettiere and Solange Knowles. She played Leti the cheerleader.
She most recently appeared on episodes of “The Mindy Project” and “Dear White People.”
6. She recently joined the cast of the “Black-ish” spinoff “Grown-ish,” which will premiere in 2018, according to People.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. lupusuk.org.uk