How many people are waiting for organs?

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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.

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Organ Transplants & Health Care

Organ Transplants & Health Care

Organ transplants involve removing a diseased organ from an ill patient and replacing it with a healthy one from an altruistic deceased or living organ donor. To be eligible for an organ transplant, you must be evaluated by a medi...

cal team for suitability. If you decide to become an organ donor, it is important to inform your family and put those wishes in writing.

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