What was once only a dream has now become a reality for so many people. In 2015 alone, doctors performed a record 30,973 transplants on patients in need of new kidneys, livers, and other vital organs. This not only shows how far our medical industry has come, but also the people of the United States - there are consistently more and more people willing to donate their organs.
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According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), a wing of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that tracks things like medical donations, that is a 5% increase over 2014.
While the number of organ donations has been steadily inclining, the number of people who are waiting for donations is growing even more. The current list has 121,700 patients, and there is no way that everyone will be able to receive organs. In fact, it is estimated that 22 people in the United States die every day while they are waiting for new organs.
The data also provides some other insights, like the fact that the number of African-American and Hispanic recipients increased in the last year, with almost 22% of recipients being African-American and 16% being Hispanic.
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One of the reasons that more people are becoming organ donors is because it is printed right on our licenses and state identifications. The science field hopes that one day we won’t need organ donors, but that day is still fairly far away.