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More than 99,500 people in the U.S. are on the waiting list for kidney transplants. Regionally, over 5,330 people are on the waiting list for kidney transplants.
About the Kidney
The kidneys function as our body’s filters, cleaning 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, we can survive with one. That 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.
- In the U.S., there are nearly 99,500 people waiting for a kidney transplant.
- Locally, there are more than 5,330 patients waiting for a kidney transplant.
- The average amount of time that someone waits for a kidney transplant is five years.
- In 2013, there were 16,895 kidney transplants performed nationally.
The Interactive Body
Explore the Interactive Body to learn about organs and tissues needed for others awaiting transplants.