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The numbers below represent real people - family, friends and neighbors. It is the goal of the Department of the Secretary of State, along with its organ donation partners, to decrease the number of people waiting for a transplant.

You can help by adding your name to the Maine Organ Donor Registry.

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In the United States in 2013:

●    More than 121,000 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.

In Maine:

●    29 organ donors, in 2013, made 101 life-saving organ transplants possible;
●    200 tissue donors, in 2013, 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:

●    5,049 people awaiting a life saving organ;
●    3,833 people awaiting a kidney;   
●    828 people awaiting a liver;
●    68 people awaiting a pancreas;
●    70 people awaiting a kidney/pancreas;
●    236 people awaiting a heart;
●    119 people awaiting a lung;
●    2 people awaiting an intestine.

Tragically, hundreds of people from New England died while waiting for an organ transplant in 2013.