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March 15 implementation of new kidney and pancreas policies

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COVID-19 patient questions

UNOS Chief Medical Officer David Klassen, M.D. answers the vaccine-related questions you’ve been asking.

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Living donation

Living donation provides an alternative to kidney and liver patients waiting on the national transplant list.

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Kidney disease and treatment

When your kidneys no longer work, you need to choose a treatment option.

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Stories of Hope

Transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families share how organ transplants transformed their lives.

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Understanding transplant costs

Transplants raise financial questions and concerns for patients. Learn how to make a plan with your team.

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More than

39,000

lifesaving organ transplants in 2020

More than

18,000

deceased and living donors in 2020

2020
Most lives ever saved by deceased organ donors.
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Diagram of a kidney

More than 740,000 people in the United States live with end-stage renal disease and more than 90,000 people are on the kidney transplant waitlist. Learn the facts, risks, and benefits of:

  • Dialysis
  • Transplant from a deceased donor
  • Transplant from a living donor
  • Find a living donor
  • Become a living donor

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Stories of Hope

Sarah Ridder: A family’s journey with IPF

Sarah Ridder: A family’s journey with IPF

Many of us did die from IPF but because of two incredibly loving families our mother was spared the loss of two more children. Without these transplants, our life expectancies were no more than three to four months.

Jen Lentini: Heart transplant recipient 7/6/96

Jen Lentini: Heart transplant recipient 7/6/96

I waited in hospital three months and received my heart transplant from a young boy named Matthew. His mother chose to give the gift of life to myself and many others. July 6, 1996 is my rebirth-day.

Living Donation

Living donation

Living donation is when a healthy living organ donor gives an organ such as a kidney or part of an organ such as a portion of a lung, liver, pancreas, or intestine to a recipient.

Costs

Costs

Before undergoing an organ transplant, it’s important to understand the costs. You will want to work with your transplant team make sure you have an individual plan to cover transplant costs.

Caregivers

Caregivers

In order for patients to have successful transplant outcomes, it’s important for organ recipients or living donors to have quality care and support before and after surgery. Learn more.

Find a support group

Find a support group

Receive support from other organ transplant patients and families by finding a support group near you. Click here to learn more and find the right type of support group for you or your family.

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