The numbers below represent real people - family, friends and
It is the goal of the Department of the Secretary of
along with its
organ donation partners, to decrease the
number of people waiting for
You can help by adding your name to the Maine Organ Donor Registry.
In the United States in 2011:
● More than 112,637 people are waiting for an organ transplant.
● On average, 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant.
● Every 11 minutes a new name is added to the national waiting list.
● 26 organ donors, in 2011, made 91 life-saving organ transplants possible;
● 226 tissue donors, in 2011, helped save and improve many lives;
● 114 people are currently awaiting a kidney; and
● 1 person is currently awaiting a pancreas.
In New England, the current waitlist (which includes Mainers listed at out-of-state hospitals) has:
● 4,588 people awaiting a life saving organ;
● 3,427 people awaiting a kidney;
● 823 people awaiting a liver;
● 99 people awaiting a pancreas;
● 85 people awaiting a kidney/pancreas;
● 187 people awaiting a heart;
● 91 people awaiting a lung;
● 2 people awaiting an intestine.
Tragically, 300 people from New England died while waiting for an organ transplant in 2011.