Did You Know?
- Approximately 77 organ transplants take place every day in the U.S.
- On average, a single tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people.
- Currently more than 117,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives; 1,700 people are in LA.
- Every 12 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
- A living donor can provide a kidney or a portion of their liver, lung, pancreas or intestine.
- Almost two-thirds of all living donors are relatives of their recipient, most commonly siblings.
- The number of unrelated living donors has more than tripled since 1998.
- One in 9 deceased donors is age 65 or over.
- Sadly, an average of 18 patients die every day while waiting, simply because the organ they needed did not become available in time.
- Almost 35% of patients awaiting kidney transplants are African American.
- Annually, there are more than 25,000 tissue donors and 70,000 cornea donors.
- More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising.
Information from Donate Life America