There are approximately 90,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list. In many areas of the U.S. the wait for a deceased donor kidney is more than 5 years because there aren’t enough deceased donor kidneys to keep up with the demand.
Each year almost 10% of those on the kidney transplant waiting list either die or are removed from this list because they are no longer healthy enough to receive a kidney transplant. However, studies have shown that significantly more people, 43,000 die each year whose lives could be saved if more kidneys were available. Click here “The Terrible Toll of the Kidney Shortage.”
The above statistics don’t tell the whole story:
Benefits of a Kidney from a Living Donor versus One from a Deceased Donor
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