Silvestri says there are more than 100,000 people in the U.S. awaiting life-saving organ transplants. That means, every day, 18 people die before the organs they need become available. In Texas more than 10,000 people are waiting for organs right now.
The good news, however, Silvestri says about 30,000 people in America do get the transplants they need each year. So more people do get organs than don't, but if everyone who could donate would donate, then most people who need organs could get them.