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How many people are waiting for organs?

The waiting list for organs was 98,000, as of April 2008. More than half of the people on the transplant list in 2006 had to wait longer than a year for an organ.

Each organ has an individual waiting list, but they all share a common characteristic. There are fewer transplants available than organs needed.

On average, the organ waiting list grows by about 106 people each day, and 18 die each day while waiting.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 114,000 people are on the waitlist for organs in the US; more than 3,800 of them are waiting for new hearts. Of those 3,800, approximately 40 are infants. The relative sizes of both the person’s body and the donor organ are considered when matching donors to recipients, which is why small children most often receive donations from other infants or young children. Information from the US Department of Health & Human Services shows that, in 2016, 135 pediatric organ donors were babies younger than 12 months. In addition, each year the number of people added to the waitlist continues to be much larger than the number of donors who become available, exacerbating the organ shortage in the US.

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