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WATCH: Francia Raisa Presents Selena Gomez With Woman Of the Year Award

On Thursday in Los Angeles, Selena Gomez was presented with Billboard’s Woman of the Year Award by her best friend and kidney donor Francia Raisa. 

Francia started her speech by telling the story of how the two met "We bonded immediately... I remember feeling blown away by the magnitude of her kindness and generosity." 

She then opened up about the kidney transplant that ultimately saved Gomez's life, "we are so close that we literally are the same kidney type and interestingly enough came in handy recently." 

As her speech closed she welcomed Selena to the stage and the two exchanged a big hug. 

“To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life,” a tearful Gomez said while accepting her award. 

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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