HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Right now there are 400 people in Hawaii waiting for an organ transplant, but none of them are for a heart simply because there isn't approval yet.
"The organization that monitors and regulates transplants, UNOS, they have certain minimum number per year transplant requirement. It may be a challenge for the state to meet that minimum number," said Dr. Whitney Limm, Queen's Medical Center Vice President Clinical Integration and Director of the Kidney Transplant Center.
Dr. Limm says that minimum number is about 12 heart transplants a year. He says the most Hawaii has ever done in a year was five. Queen's Medical Center could be granted a waiver but it's no guarantee. Since it is a lengthy process it won't happen too quickly.
"That's probably going to be at least 12 months from now," said Dr. Limm.