An average kidney transplant lasts between 10-15 years. The kidney Ken received from his mother has lasted over 45 years -- still going strong and looking forward to the future.
Transplants help thousands of people every year return to a healthier life, made possible by the generous gift of life of their donor.
Getting on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List
Here are the necessary steps to get on the national waiting list, administered by OPTN/UNOS:
- Your physician must give you a referral.
- Contact a transplant hospital. Learn as much as possible about the 200+ transplant hospitals in the United States and choose one based on your needs, including insurance, location, finances, and support group availability.
- Schedule an appointment for an evaluation and find out if you are a good candidate for transplant.
- During the evaluation, ask questions to learn as much as possible about that hospital and its transplant team.
- If the hospital’s transplant team determines that you are a good transplant candidate, they will add you to the national waiting list.
Regional Organ Transplant Centers