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108,324 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for kidney transplants. In the Gift of Life service region, 4,912 people are waiting on a life-saving kidney transplant.
About the Kidney
The kidneys function as our body’s filters, cleaning the blood of waste and impurities. They also release hormones that regulate blood pressure, control production of red blood cells, and promote growth of healthy bones.
Those people who need kidney transplants have suffered from some form of kidney failure, which can be a result of diabetes, high blood pressure or a number of diseases that can be inherited. If left untreated, kidney failure can be fatal.
While most people are born with two kidneys, all humans can survive with one. This is how individuals are able to be living kidney donors and help save the lives of a loved one or even a complete stranger, as in the case of altruistic donation.
- The average amount of time that someone waits for a kidney transplant is five years.
- In 2015, there were 16,291 kidney transplants performed nationally.
Minorities make up 58% of the National Transplant Waiting List. Learn more about how you can save a life.
Lukeman Harvey, currently on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney transplant.
The Interactive Body
Explore the Interactive Body to learn about organs and tissues needed for others awaiting transplants.
Giving Life a Second Chance
Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.