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At a Glance


people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 76,089 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 8:30am


organ transplants performed so far in 2017
Total Transplants January - April 2017
as of 05/23/2017


Total Donors January - April 2017
as of 05/23/2017

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 organ shortage continues

The gap between supply and demand continues to widen.

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

More progress is needed to ensure that all candidates have a chance to receive a transplant. [Graph description of The organ shortage continues ]


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


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Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network

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