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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 48 donors from the area, as well as donors from outside our region, 207 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 2014 2015 2016 2017
Regional Organ Donors 40 50 50 48
Percent of organ donors who had documented their wish to donate 28% 29% 41% 33%
Total Organ Transplants 165 210 270 227
Local organs recovered for transplant 108 137 147 111
Out-of-region organs recovered for transplant at Strong Memorial or SUNY Upstate 57 73 123 116
Total Patients No Longer on a Waiting List Because They Received a Transplant 150 194 237 207
Local patients 104 152 186 157
Out-of-region patients 46 42 51 50



Donor Registry Enrollment Rates 

As of January 1, 2017.  New York averages based on 2014 Census estimate of population age 16 or older





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New York State Average





National Average





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  • The total number of people waiting for a life-saving transplant and listed at a regional transplant center is 771 as of February 6, 2018. On a statistically consistent basis, the average number of people waiting for organ transplants in our service area is just over 600.

Statistics Snapshot (as of February 6, 2018)

  • 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, 9,383 people need organ transplants.
  • In the Finger Lakes region, 771 people await their life-saving gift of a transplant.
  • Within Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network’s service area, 40 % of residents are registered organ donors.
  • Statewide, 32 % of the population age 16 years or older in New York are registered organ donors.
  • Nationally, 54% 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.

2017 was the first year more than 10,000 people became deceased donors in the U.S. There were nearly 34,800 organ transplants in 2017. This is the fifth consecutive record-breaking year.

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


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