Statistics on Lung-Heart Transplants
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According to OPTN (The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network), there are currently 1,626 Americans waiting for one or both lungs. There are 3,385 candidates waiting for a heart, and 49 who are waiting for both lungs and a heart. For a lung transplant, wait times vary from six months to three years. The national average is 12.4 months. For hearts, the average wait time is 18-19 months. In recent years, wait times have increased because the number of organ donors has been steadily declining. Lung transplant has a one year survival rate of 83.6% and a five year survival rate of 53.4%. Heart transplant rates are somewhat higher: 88.0% for one year, and 73.2% for five years. At the time of his death on August 10, 2009, Tony Huesman was the worlds longest living heart transplant recipient, having survived for 31 years. Huessman received his heart in 1978 at the age of 20, and died of cancer at age 51.