Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Statistics

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

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The need

More than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.

Even the largest football stadium in the US could not fit the number of patients on the national transplant waiting list - stadium graphic

Even the largest football stadium in the US could not fit the number of patients on the national transplant waiting list.

Every ten minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list - watch graphic

Every 9 minutes

another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

8,000 occur in the U.S. each year because organs are not donated in time - computer graphic

6,000 people

in the U.S died in 2021 while on the transplant waiting list.

17

people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.

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85%

of patients waiting are in need of a kidney.

1 out of 3 deceased donors is over the age of 50 - pie chat grahic

1 out of 3

deceased donors is over the age of 50.

You have the power to help

If I donated

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my organs
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my cornea
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my tissue

I would be able to…

save up to 8 lives

restore sight to 2 people

heal the lives of 75 people

How others have helped

20,400 organ donors

In 2016, 33,600 transplants brought new life to patients and their families - heart graphic

In 2021, nearly 20,400 donors brought new life to recipients and their families.

880,000 transplants

683,000 transplants have taken place since 1988 - chart graphic

have taken place since 1988.

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