Selena Gomez suffers from lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes kidney complications. She had been waiting for a compatible donor and spent about 10 years on the waiting list and, in the meantime, went on dialysis.
It is a very exhausting treatment because the patient has to spend hours plugged into a machine that filters her blood several times a week.The singer shared that she didn't want to ask anyone for a donation, but her best friend and roommate, actress Francia Raisa, volunteered.
Modern Family star Sarah Hyland was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia many years ago. In 2012, she needed a transplant and her father donated a kidney to her. Unfortunately, her body rejected the new organ, so she needed a second transplant in 2017.
This time, the donor was her brother. The second transplant went well and Hyland has finally recovered. She continues her acting career and spoke publicly on the issue to raise awareness and destigmatize health problems like hers.
Steve Jobs is known to have passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, but he, too, underwent a liver transplant in 2009. Unfortunately, he passed away the following year.
Actor Mandy Patinkin, known for his roles in The Princess Bride and Criminal Minds, was diagnosed with an eye disease called keratoconus that seriously affected his eyesight in the 1990s. Since that time, he has received two corneal transplants. He is now an organ donation activist.