"When I look at my body now, I just see life."
Selena Gomez‘s road to recovery may have been a rocky one, but the “Wolves” singer isn’t one to hide it from her fans. For the first time since undergoing her kidney transplant, the 25-year-old is stripping down and showing off the scar that came out of the life-saving operation.
In new photos, Selena bared the large scar she received after doctors had to perform emergency surgery in order to save the kidney from being wrecked by lupus. Looking happier and healthier, the Disney Channel alum flaunted her for all to see as she enjoyed a girls’ vacation in Australia.
After all, as her kidney donor recently put it: “My scars do not define me. My scars tell my story.”
Selena Gomez isn’t afraid to show off her scars.
The “Wolves” singer recently proudly flaunted the massive one she received when she was battling for her life after her organ transplant last year.
Baring Her Bod
While yachting with her closest gal pals in Australia over the weekend, the 25-year-old showed off the a scar from an emergency follow-up procedure after her transplant. Clad in an orange bikini top and black bottoms, Selena looked happy and healthy while cruising around Sydney.
In paparazzi photos, a large scar can be seen on her inner right thigh as she lounged around and read a book aboard her private boat.
“She Could Have Died”
As Celebuzz! previously reported, Selena suffered difficult complications following her transplant that resulted in doctors removing a femoral vein from her leg to rebuild an arterial connection to the new kidney. The scar on her leg is likely a result from that operation.
According to pal Francia Raisa, who volunteered to donate her kidney last year after learning Selena’s health was declining in her battle against lupus, Selena had a particularly hard time recovering from the transplant when an artery broke hours after surgery.
“Recovery was hard,” the Grown-ish star told W Magazine earlier this month. “I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything. Selena did have a complication, too. A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared.’ My kidney was very active, and when it turned I broke an artery. They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”