More than 109,698 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants.
Active transplant candidates as of today 72,341.
- Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
- An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
- In 2009, there were 8,021 deceased organ donors and 6,610 living organ donors resulting in 28,465 organ transplants.
- Last year, more than 42,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.
Two types of donor gifts -Living (organ and tissue) and End of Life
It is becoming more common to donate organs and partial organs and tissues while alive. Kidneys are the most common organ donated by living donors. Other organs that can be donated include a lobe of a lung, partial liver, pancreas or intestine.
Although the decision to become a living donor involves careful consideration, being a living donor offers others an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor.