My very best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving weekend to my American friends. For us in the transplant community Thanksgiving takes on a very special meaning. Transplant recipients, their families and friends have much to be thankful for. Those of us who received transplants, such as myself, have been given a "second chance" at life and we will always be thankful and grateful to our donors and donor families for the extra time we've been given.
In the U.S. 18 people die every day while on the waiting list for a transplant. Here are the latest statistics
on waiting list numbers and transplants year to date:
Waiting list candidates 120,965 as of today 1:56pm
Active waiting list candidates 77,586 as of today 1:56pm
Transplants January - August 2013 19,262 as of 11/22/2013
Donors January - August 2013 9,446 as of 11/22/2013