Navigate Up

Organ Transplant & Donation Facts

  • An average of 68 organ transplants are performed every day in the United States.
  • A single donor may save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people.
  • Approximately 28,000 patients begin new lives each year thanks to organ transplants.
  • A kidney, a portion of the liver, and bone marrow can each be transplanted from living donors.
  • About three-quarters of all live donors are relatives of their recipient, most commonly a brother or sister.
  • The number of unrelated donors has nearly tripled since 1998.
  • About 25 percent of all deceased donors in 2002 were at least 50 years old or older. One out of every 12 donors is over the age of 65.
  • An average of 18 patients die every day while waiting for a transplant, simply because the organ they needed did not become available in time.
  • On average, 106 people are added to the nation's organ transplant waiting list each day — one every 14 minutes.
  • People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated. Even those who have received an organ transplant themselves may be an organ donor.
  • More than 109,000 people currently are waiting for organ transplantation; with thousands more in need of tissue and corneal transplants. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alone has more than 8,500 residents awaiting transplantation.
  • You have the power to save lives and improve the quality of life of those in need of any form of transplant.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

© UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com