Photo: Selena Gomez, Francia Raisa
It’s arguably the greatest gift anyone can receive: a life-saving organ via a transplant. And, like the 30,000 people a year who get an organ transplant, celebrities are not immune to needing help.
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Here are some famous faces who have received organ transplants, alongside others who have generously donated organs themselves:
8 celebrities who went through organ transplants
RECEIVED: Selena Gomez
On September 14, Selena Gomez announced that in the summer of 2017, she got a kidney transplant. “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,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “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.
Photo: Selena Gomez / Facebook
DONATED: Francia Raisa
Selena’s donor was one of her besties, actress Francia Rasia, who is best known for her role on TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. “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.”
Photo: Francia Raisa / Facebook
RECEIVED: Andrea de Cruz; DONATED: Pierre Png
RECEIVED: Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland has battled kidney dysplasia nearly all her life, and in April 2012, she got a kidney transplant from her father. In 2012, she told a magazine, “You know that family is always going to be there for you – no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin kidney!” The Modern Family star later added, “I have a second chance at life – not a lot of people get that.”
Photo: Sarah Hyland / Facebook
RECEIVED: Steve Jobs
In 2009, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs received a liver transplant at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He died two years later. A few years after his death, the hospital received an anonymous US$40 million donation.
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DONATED: Natasha Richardson
Tragedy struck when actress Natasha Richardson passed away in 2009 following a skiing accident. Her husband, fellow actor Liam Neeson, says that while he struggles with her death, he is proud that the family decided to donate her organs to save the lives of others. She donated her heart, her kidneys and her liver.
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RECEIVED: Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan got a kidney transplant in 2010 after suffering complications from diabetes. His donor was his ex-girlfriend Tanisha Hall. Yes, they were exes at the time (and still are!). The comedian thanked her from the red carpet at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild awards, telling the media, “I’d like to thank Tanisha for donating her kidney to me.”
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This article was originally published in The Singapore Women’s Weekly.
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