New York Daily News - Daily Checkup: With Thousands On Transplant Waiting Lists, Advances in Care Reduce Risks
Dr. Sander Florman, Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, discusses the pressing need for organ donors and why live donation is so important.
More than 120,000 Americans are now on waiting lists for an organ transplant. “Every day in this country, 17 people die without the opportunity of a transplant,” says Dr. Sander Florman from The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “Right now, there are 100,000 Americans waiting for a kidney and 17,000 for a liver,” says Dr. Florman. “There are nowhere near enough organs from deceased donors for these people — living donors are the only way we’ll ever be able to match this need.” In 2010, 6,500 organ transplants were performed thanks to living donors.
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