• There are currently 121,678 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S. Of these, 100,791 await kidney transplants. (as of 1/11/16) 1
    • The median wait time for an individual’s first kidney transplant is 3.6 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility and availability of organs.2
    • In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the US. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.1

On average:

  • Over 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month.1
  • 13 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.1
  • Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list. 1
  • In 2014, 4,761 patients died while waiting for a kidney transplant. Another, 3,668 people became too sick to receive a kidney transplant.1


These statistics do not take into account the number of dialysis patients, like me, who do not qualify to get a transplant. According to the US Dept of Health and Human Services, at the end of 2009, 398,861 ESRD patients were being treated with some form of dialysis. So, only about a fourth of people on dialysis are eligible for transplant.