People Die Each Day Awaiting Organ Transplants, But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

Does it “kill you” to wait in line?

Some of the facts:

  • 123,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for organ transplants that will save their lives.
  • On average, 21 people die every day because of the shortage of organs—nearly 7,000 people a year.
  • Up to eight lives can be saved by one deceased donor, and as many as 100 lives can be saved, or have their quality of life improved, through tissue donation (corneas, heart valves, and more).
  • There are “living donors” as well: people who have donated a kidney, part of a liver, or a lung, for example, while still alive.

In this clip, some folks are asked how much it kills them to wait in line for common, everyday things like a restroom or getting a bite to eat:

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While this video is geared toward folks in New York, where the mural was painted, there are several national organizations to assist with organ donor information if you’d like to find out more.

American Transplant Foundation

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