Thank you for being part of a record-setting 2022
The generosity of selfless donors and their families make multiple lifesaving records possible
Every January, we compile and publicly release annual data that provides a snapshot of what organ donation and transplant looked like the previous year.
But before we take a look at the numbers, it’s important to remember the lives behind the data. No record or trend would be possible without the priceless gifts given by generous donors and their families.
Thanks to these donors, their families and the continuing work of the entire organ donation and transplant community, 2022 ended with: 42,887 organ transplants performed, the most ever in a single year and an increase over 2021. In 2021, you’ll recall that the nation exceeded 41,000 transplants for the first time in a single year.
2022 also marked the 12th consecutive record year for deceased donation, when more than 14,900 individuals became deceased organ donors. 6,466 people made the decision to become living donors as well. Together, these numbers represent so many precious gifts for patients in need.
There were also more than 25,000 kidney transplants performed, the most ever in a single year. Annual records were also set for liver, heart and lung transplants.
And there is more good news. Please find more detailed data and information here.
What are we meant to take away from this data? What does it mean to say that we’ve had another record year or surpassed another milestone?
It means that there are families across the country now with a renewed sense of hope and others whose sense of loss is soothed by the idea that their loved one’s legacy will live on. It means that we are committed to honoring the gift of life by continuously innovating, improving and never being satisfied with the status quo.
It also means that our work continues. It means that as many lives as our community worked so hard to save in 2022, we must work even harder to build upon our efforts in 2023 and strive to continuously improve, inspire and progress.
Thank you for everything you do to make this community the beacon of hope that it is and for the work you do day in and day out.