Facts About Organ Donation

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 121,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives; over 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