Did You Know?


  • Currently, nearly 125,000 Americans, including nearly 1,000 Kentuckians, are on the United Network for Organ Sharing waiting list for donated organs.
  • A new name is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
  • Approximately 22 people die each day because not enough Americans are registered as donors.
  • Transplantable organs include the kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and small bowel.
  • Transplantable tissues include bone, cartilage, skin, corneas, heart valves, saphenous veins, tendons and ligaments.
  • One individual donor can provide organs, bone and tissues for more than 50 people in need.
  • More than 500,000 Americans are treated with transplantable bone, tendon and ligament tissues each year.
  • In 2012, 304 successful organ transplants were performed in Kentucky.  It is estimated that twice as many could have been performed if more people said “YES” to donation.
  • By law, donation is the right of every American, age 18 and older.  Hospitals are obligated, by law, to identify potential donors and to inform families of their right to donate.
  • Individuals may indicate their wish to be a donor by placing their name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry when renewing their driver’s license or state ID card at their local Circuit Court Clerk’s office or by visiting  You do not have to sign the back of your license or use an orange donor dot.  It is most important that your wishes are stated through the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.
  • Acceptable donors range from newborns to senior citizens.  Anyone in Kentucky (with an ID or license) can join the Registry to state their wish to save lives.2014 Transplant Statistics
  • An average of 81 transplants take place every day in the United States.
  • 2014 was a record breaking year for the number of transplants performed and the number of deceased donor transplants.
  • 29,532 transplants were performed in 2014. It was the first time more than 29,000 transplants were performed in a single year.
  • 23,715 transplants were from deceased donors. Similarly, it was the first time more than 23,000 deceased-donor transplants were done in a year.Based on OPTN data as of June 15, 2015. Data subject to change based on future data submission or correction.
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