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Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network > Understanding Organ Donation > Organ Donation and Transplant Statistics

Organ Donation and Transplant Statistics

How many people are waiting for organ transplants? Get the facts…plus the number of donors and organs transplanted in our area.


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    Last year, one-third of the region's organ donors who passed life on had documented their wish to donate, many of them having signed up through the New York State Donate Life Registry. Joining the donor registry and sharing your decisions about organ donation with your family helps to assure your wishes will be carried out.



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Thanks to the generosity of 58 donors from the area, as well as donors from outside our region, 276 men, women and children received life-saving organ transplants. The selfless decisions of organ donors and their families means that hundreds of other families now have more time with a loved one who had desperately been waiting for a transplant to save their life.


Organ Donation & Transplantation Report                                                                              

ORGAN DONATION OUTCOMES 2015 2016 2017 2018
Regional Organ Donors 50 50 48 58
Percent of organ donors who had documented their wish to donate 29% 41% 33% 58%
Total Organ Transplants 210 270 227 306
Local organs recovered for transplant 137 147 111 187
Out-of-region organs recovered for transplant at Strong Memorial or SUNY Upstate Medical 73 123 116 119
Total Patients No Longer on a Waiting List Because They Received a Transplant 194 237 207 276
Local patients 152 186 157 202
Out-of-region patients 42 51 50 74



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Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and New York State averages based on Census reports and estimate of the population age 18 or older. National Average provided by Donate Life America®

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  • The total number of people waiting for a life-saving transplant and listed at a regional transplant center is 799 as of January 7, 2019. On a statistically consistent basis, the average number of people waiting for organ transplants in our service area is between 600 and 700.

Statistics Snapshot (as of January 7, 2019)

  • Approximately 115,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in the U.S.
  • The current shortage of donors means 20 people die each day in America waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
  • Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
  • In New York State, 9,465 people need organ transplants.
  • In the Finger Lakes region, 799 people await their life-saving gift of a transplant.
  • Within Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network’s service area, 46 % of residents are registered organ donors.
  • Statewide, 35 % of the population age 16 years or older in New York are registered organ donors.
  • Nationally, 58% are registered organ donors.
  • PASS LIFE ON! ONE organ donor can save up to EIGHT lives. Enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry.


2018 was the sixth consecutive record-breaking year in the U.S. in the number of life-saving transplants – with more than 36,500 performed.

Read more about national organ donation and transplantation trends by visiting the UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) website


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