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Currently there are candidates for transplant on the U.S. national waiting list.
  • Nearly 2 out of every 3 people on the waiting list are over the age of 50.
  • Almost 2,000 children under 18 are on the waiting list.
  • Almost 70,000 people (58%) on the list are ethnic minorities.

STATS FOR GRAPHIC ABOVE:Waiting List by (lowercase) Ethnicity (7/2017)Caucasian – 41.7%African American - 29.2%Hispanic - 19.5%Asian - 7.7%Other - 2.2%

STATS FOR GRAPHIC ABOVE:Organs People Are Waiting For (7/2017)Kidney – 82.9%Liver – 12.3%Heart – 3.4%Lung – 1.2%Other – 2.5%

See current data by age, ethnicity, health status, gender, average waiting times, candidates vs. registrants, and more at OPTN Data Reports.

33,611 transplants were performed in 2016 – a new record high for the fourth consecutive year.

  • Each day, about 80 people receive organ transplants. Of these recipients, the breakdown of ethnic backgrounds includes:

STATS FOR GRAPHIC ABOVE:Transplant Recipients by (lowercase) Ethnicity (2016)Caucasian – 56%African American – 21%Hispanic – 16%Asian – 5.2%Other – 1.8%

  • In 2016, about 62% of organ recipients were male; 38% female.
  • More than 82,000 corneal transplants were performed in 2016.
  • More than 1 million tissue transplants are performed each year.

STATS FOR GRAPHIC ABOVE:Transplants Performed in 2016 by OrganKidney (singular) – 19,062Liver – 7,841Heart – 3,191Lung – 2,327Kidney/Pancreas – 798Pancreas – 215Intestine – 147Heart/Lung – 18

For current data reports on transplants performed, including by recipient age, ethnicity, gender, or state, visit the OPTN Data Reports.