Title

A lost treasure : the experience of losing a valued organ

Date of Completion

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Tissue and Organ Procurement

Abstract

This study used the phenomenological approach of qualitative research. Nine (9) participants were selected through purposive or judgmental sampling for the study. Actual interviews using a tape recorder were conducted to gather data. Colaizzi’s method was used in data analysis. The study concluded that, an organ or body part, if used productively for self-fulfillment and the welfare of others, is indeed a treasure that should be valued. It this treasure is lost, a diverse sequence of events may occur. The person who lost the valued organ may exhibit different reactions depending on the impact of the loss. However, what matters is how the individual recovers from the loss, stands up and walks after the fall, and learns the lessons of life even if through the hard way. Lucky are those who are blessed with complete body parts because they can function well but those who lost a valued organ are admirable because they still manage to go on with their lives and face life’s daily struggles. Those who are able to manage have a bright view of the future despite the circumstance that they went through, which deserve recognition. They may have lost a treasure but their good heart and spirit do not make them less of a rich person.

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