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At a Glance

119,036

people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 76,304 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 9:43pm

33,596

organ transplants performed so far in 2016
Total Transplants January - December 2016
as of 01/15/2017

15,951

donors
Total Donors January - December 2016
as of 01/15/2017

Organ donation and transplantation can save lives

One individual is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.

Approximately 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant in the United States.

On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.

Eight lives can be saved from one organ donor.

One organ donor can save eight lives. Sign up to be a donor in your state.

The need continues to grow

The gap between supply and demand continues to widen.

Despite advances in medicine and technology, and increased awareness of organ donation and transplantation, the gap between supply and demand continues to widen.

While national rates of donation and transplant have increased in recent years, more progress is needed to ensure that all candidates have a chance to receive a transplant. [Graph description of Need continues to grow ]

Resources

Educational guidance

New guidance document from Minority Affairs Committee

Patients and their providers need education and understanding about transplantation as a treatment option. Learn more about educational guidance now

News

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Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network

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