CHICAGO (CBS) — The number of people waiting for an organ transplant continues to grow, with currently more than 120,000 people on the waiting for an organ transplant, and more people are added to the list each year.
Dr. John Friedewald, a transplant nephrologist and director of clinical research for Northwestern Medicine’s Comprehensive Transplant Center, said sometimes it takes years to find a matching kidney for patients who need it.
“The average waiting time for a kidney is five years now. Unfortunately only one in three people survive on dialysis. So we have a critical problem whereas when the waiting time for kidneys were a year or two that wasn’t a big of a problem but a lot of people don’t make it to the top of the waiting list, they die on the list waiting for a transplant,” he said.