In 1954 a medical team performed the first successful living donor kidney transplant.
After sixty-five years, while outcomes for patients have greatly improved, one major issue remains unresolved: the kidney donor shortage.
Today, there are 25 million Americans with chronic kidney disease who are at risk for kidney failure or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). To sustain life, the 670,000 patients who currently live with ESRD in the United States need to be on lifelong dialysis or receive a transplant from a deceased or living donor.
- In the United States, more than 100,000 patients are on the waiting list to receive a kidney.
- Dialysis is a life-saving treatment, but can be hard on patients. Learn more about life on dialysis.
- Only 5,000 people donated last year through deceased donation—this is not enough to meet the need.