Currently, there are nearly 92,000 Americans are waiting for organ transplants -- more than 3,000 of them are waiting for heart transplants. Because of a national shortage of heart donors -- especially for babies -- doctors say the average wait for a new heart can last up to six months.
There are currently 86 children under age 1 waiting to receive any kind of transplant -- 18 of them are waiting for hearts.
To date, there have been 1,444 heart transplants to recipients under age 1 in the United States.
To date, there have been 4,514 transplants of all kinds to recipients under 1 year of age in the United States.
Sources: Organdonor.gov and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and UCLA.
To learn more about organ donation and how you can help, visit the following sites:
OrganDonor.govhttp://www.organdonor.gov/: This official site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers statistics and information on organ donations.
Coalition on Donationhttp://www.donatelife.net/:
This site offers state-by-state information on how to declare organ donation intentions and to make sure your decisions are carried out.
American Kidney Fundhttp://www.kidneyfund.org/: Kidney transplants are among the most common types of organ transplants, and among the most successful. The American Kidney Fund provides direct financial assistance to kidney patients in need and education for those with and at risk for kidney disease.