One person dies every 48 minutes and 30 die every day as a result of the
shortage of organs resulting
use of the sole organ-donor policy of altruism. Those figures are
calculated as follows:
525,600 ÷ 10,886 = a death every 48 minutes
÷ 48 = 30 deaths per day
The number of minutes in a year, 525,600, is divided by the
total deaths of those on
the waiting list (5,529) and those who were removed from the list
because they were
too sick leading to their eventual death (3,437); the two combine for
10,886 total deaths.
The total minutes in a day, 1,440, divided by the 48 minutes gives the
30 deaths per day.
The death rate has gone from 58 minutes to 48 minutes in one year (2011-2012). At that rate there will
be a death every minute in four to five years.
Despite the laudable efforts by thousands of non-profits to promote
organ donation, the net result of
reliance on such efforts, registrations, etc. is a profound failure to
meet the demand for organs. Simply
stated, there are not enough deceased donors nor enough living donors
and therefore the government must
incentivize organ donation as stated below. The wait list will go to
zero and all on dialysis will also have a kidney.
See data table below for 2012 statistics.
Los Angeles Times, 6/18/09 Number of patients who die awaiting
kidney reach a new high
[And obviously a new high is reached every day]
It should be noted that of the 119,202 on the waiting list
today, 97,325 (82 percent) are waiting for a kidney.
Kidneys are being rationed; younger patients are now being given the
best kidneys with older patients
receiving less desirable kidneys that have a shorter life span.
In addition to the 97,325, another
415,013 renal patients are undergoing dialysis but they are not even
The 415,013 is the latest update from the US Renal Database and it was
for 2010. The actual 2013 number,
therefore, is closer to 500,000 renal patients in need of a new kidney.
Why Altruism will always fail to meet the demand for organs.
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