Although there have been advances in medical technology and donation, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors.

  • It is estimated that nearly 30,000 patients began new lives in 2015 thanks to organ transplants (from 8,500 deceased and 6,000 living donors).
  • 120,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants. More than 1,000 of them are 10 years old or younger.
  • About 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities.
  • Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
  • Sadly, 8,000 people die each year – 22 people each day – because the organs they need are not donated in time.
  • The average waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor is 3 to 5 years. A kidney from a living donor offers patients an alternative to years of dialysis and time on the national transplant waiting list*.
  • 13% of patients waiting are in need of a liver. Living donation of part of the liver is an option for these patients; the remaining portion will regenerate and regain full function. Partial lung, intestine and pancreas living donation are possible as well.
  • More than 33% of all deceased donors are age 50 or older; more than 5% are age 65 or older.
  • Each year, there are approximately 30,000 tissue donors and more than 1 million tissue transplants; the surgical need for donated tissue is steadily rising.
  • A single tissue donor can help more than 50 people.
  • 48,000 patients have their sight restored through corneal transplants each year.
  • More than 121 million people, approximately 51% of the U.S. adult population, are registered organ, eye and tissue donors