- In Wyoming and Colorado, 2,612 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
- Of those, 1,876 are currently waiting for a kidney – the organ most in need (72%) – and 608 are waiting for a liver (23%).
- 16% of current transplant candidates in Wyoming and Colorado have been on the waiting list for 5 years or more.
- 45% of those waiting for an organ transplant are between 50 and 64 years of age.
- Wyoming has one of the nation’s better performing state donor registries with 58% of driver’s license/ID card applicants registering as organ and tissue donors.
- Today, there are nearly 120,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants nationally.
- Recoverable organs include the heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel.
- Tissues that are recoverable include bone, tendons and corneas as well as veins, valves and skin.
- One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation.
- Of those waiting, 14,522 (12%) patients are in need of a liver transplant and 98,987 patients (83%) are in need of a kidney.
- Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list.
- More than 5,000 living donations occur each year. One in four donors is not biologically related to the recipient.