Patients who were in desperate need of a kidney accepted organs infected with hepatitis C.

According to the New York Post, 20 patients underwent a surgery that was considered to be quite the gamble.

Patients who were in desperate need of a kidney accepted organs infected with hepatitis C.

Transplanting organs with the virus can cause the recipient to become infected, however, with powerful drugs now available researchers say that might not be the case.

According to a report on Monday, after 12 weeks of hepatitis treatment, each patient has successfully been cleared of the virus. Their organs are working just as well as someone who received a healthy organ.

The patients that were tested were not affected with the virus prior to the transplant, but they might not have survived if they waited for a healthy organ.

Researchers are now suggesting that organs, which are currently going to waste, might help speed up the transplant process for patients who wait years to get one.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, in the United States, roughly 95,000 people are on the national kidney waiting list. However, only 19,850 of those individuals actually received a transplant in 2017.

That's only 20-percent.