WATCH: The importance and value of organ donation
In the US, more than 36,000 organ transplants were performed in 2018. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, that number set a record high since national transplant data were first collected in 1988. However, the organ shortage continues. As of January 2019, there were more than 113,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. You'll meet a local donor family and a transplant recipient who share their stories on the value of organ donation.