(Fox News) In 2011, 4,720 people in the U.S. died while waiting for a kidney transplant – yet over each of the past five years, government data indicates more than 2,600 kidneys recovered from deceased donors were discarded without being transplanted, The New York Times reported.

“The hardest decision we make in deceased organ transplant is whether to accept a given organ for a given patient. It’s all odds, based on information that is incomplete at best,” Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, the medical director of the kidney transplant program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, told the New York Times.

The organs that aren’t accepted for transplantation are usually shipped to a research laboratory or sent to a medical waste incinerator.

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