Stats And Facts

  • On average, 22 people die every day in the U.S. while awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.
  • The total number of patients waiting for an organ transplant today numbers is about 120,000.  One out of three people waiting will die before an organ becomes available for transplant.
  • The waiting list for organ transplants is growing at the rate of 1,000 per month. Another name is added to the waiting list every 18 minutes.
  • A total of 33,596 organ transplants were performed in the United States during 2016.
  • Yet in 2016, there were only 9,970 people who donated one or more organs upon death. There were another 5,975 living organ donors.
  • In 2016, 6,017 Americans –  died while waiting for an organ transplant.
  • The refusal rate among families of potential donors nationwide is below 50 percent. However, a recent Gallup poll found that 93% of respondents were willing to donate a deceased family member’s organs if he or she had expressed this wish prior to death.
    • To ensure your wish to give life is carried out through a donation directive, it is very important to sign up on the Donate Life California Registry. You can either sign up through the DMV when you apply for or renew your drivers license, or you may also sign up online on the Donate Life American Official Registry
  • Transplantation is no longer considered experimental. It is a desired treatment for thousands with end-stage organ disease. Each year, approximately 900,000 Americans receive tissue transplants and more than 30,000 receive organ transplants.
  • In recent years, medical breakthroughs have greatly improved the success rate for transplantation, which now generally runs in excess of 80 percent.
  • Under ideal conditions, one donor can supply as many as 8 organs (heart, 2 lungs, liver, pancreas, 2 kidneys, and intestine). At today’s average recovery rate, the current pool of potential donors could meet the needs of up to 50,000 people per year.
  • Also, to dispel some myths and misconceptions:
    • Becoming a donor will not affect the quality of your medical care. Organ recovery takes place only after all efforts to save your life have been exhausted, and doctors have declared you legally brain dead. The donor family pays none of the costs associated with donation.
    • Transplants are accessible and available to everyone. Celebrity status and wealth do not enter into the equation. Organs are allocated according to medical criteria (urgency of medical need, blood/tissue type, height and weight).
    • Most major religions support or permit donation and consider it a gift – an act of charity.