Organ Donation Statistics

How many people are waiting for a transplant? Who receives organs and what organs are most needed? This section introduces you to the data and connects you to more detailed statistics on the waiting list, transplantation, organ donation, and registration.*

Statistics at a Glance

110000 +
Number of men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list as of May 2020
36500
transplants were performed January - May 2020.**
20
people die each day waiting for a transplant.
We all need to register. Here’s why:

95%

of U.S. adults support organ donation

but only

58%

are actually signed up as donors.

every 10 minutes

another person is added to the waiting list.

only 3 in 1,000

people die in a way that allows for organ donation.

the organ shortage continue

Each year, the number of people on the waiting list continues to be much larger than both the number of donors and transplants, which grow slowly.

Data from optn.transplant.hrsa.gov and OPTN/SRTR Annual Report. OPTN has current, in-depth statistics

Description of The Organ Shortage Continues Graph

One Donor Can Save Eight Lives.

One person can donate up to 8 lifesaving organs.

Info & Data provided by organdonor.gov

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