Being placed on the transplant waiting list doesn’t mean an automatic transplant. Thousands of patients in need of transplants are often forced to wait for days, months, even years without knowing if and when they’ll receive what they need.
Every 10 Minutes.
That’s how quickly another name is added to the National Transplant waiting list. However, it’s a wait so many have no other choice but to take.
Worth the Wait.
With so few organs available, before someone is added to the list, professionals have to determine if that patient is emotionally, physically and financially stable enough to take care of the new organ for the rest of his or her life.
- Patient’s health/ medical urgency
- Medical and social history
- Blood type and size of the organ needed
- Distance between donor and recipient
- Immune system matching United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) details
Factors Not Considered:
- Income or wealth
- Fame and status
- Sexual Orientation
Finding a Match.
People waiting for transplants are on the national list for potential transplants and listed at their transplant center. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) maintains the list and aids in finding compatible matches 24 hours a day, every day.