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Living donation

Did you know that a friend or loved one can be a living donor? Most often, friends or family can donate a kidney. Living donors can also donate liver segments or a lobe from a lung though these are less frequent.

A friend from the 6th grade stepped forward to donate a kidney.
Learn about becoming a living donor >

Living organ donation dates back to 1954, when a kidney from one twin was successfully transplanted into his identical brother. Today, the number of living organ donors is more than 7,300 per year. And one in four of these donors isn’t biologically related to the recipient.

By offering a kidney, or portion of the liver, living donors offer their loved one or friend an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor. To learn more about living organ donation, choose an option below:

Transplants By Donor Type - All Organs
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2019
Based on OPTN data as of February 27, 2020

YearDeceased Donor TransplantsLiving Donor Transplants
Total143,20432,397
201932,3217,397
201829,6806,849
201728,5886,182
201627,6305,980
201524,9855,989

Data subject to change based on future data submission or correction.

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