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Transplant trends

Thanks to the gift of life from organ donors and their families, the number of donors and transplants performed in the United States are at all-time highs.

At a glance

112,993
people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 73,715 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 10:37pm EDT
29,847
transplants performed this year
Total Transplants January - September 2019 as of 10/13/2019
14,359
donors
Total Donors January - September 2019 as of 10/13/2019

*Active candidates are currently suitable for transplantation and eligible to receive organ offers

1988 – 2019 transplants by organ type

Transplants By Organ Type January 1, 1988 - September 30, 2019
Based on OPTN data as of October 13, 2019



Data subject to change based on future data submission or correction.

2018 transplants by organ type

kidney icon
Kidney
21,167
liver icon
Liver
8,250
heart icon
Heart
3,408
lung icon
Lung
2,530
kidney pancreas icon
Kidney/ Pancreas
836
pancreas icon
Pancreas
192
intestine icon
Intestine
104
heart - lung icon
Heart/lung
32
vca icon
Vascular allograft (VCA)
11

Detailed data

View the latest data about the status of U.S. organ donation and transplantation by UNOS region of center, by state of center and individual transplant centers.

While 2018 was a record-breaking year, the need for organ donors is immense. On average, 18 patients died every day waiting for a transplant in 2017.

* More than 6,500 candidates died in 2017 while on the wait list, or within 30 days of leaving the list for personal or medical reasons, without receiving an organ transplant.

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