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Revista médica de Chile

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AVILES R, Lissette; RIVERA M, M. Soledad  e  CATONI S, María Isabel. Life lessons of eight families donating organs of deceased family members. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2014, vol.142, n.6, pp.702-706. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872014000600003.

Background: Most organ donors are already death. Therefore family members become an essential link in the final decision for organ donation. Aim: To get acquainted about the life lessons of people who accepted donating an organ of a deceased family member. Material and Methods: Qualitative research, in depth interviews to eight families that accepted donating an organ of a deceased family member. The interviews were analyzed using the method proposed by Streubert et al and modified by Rivera. Results: The life lessons are described in six comprehensive categories. The painful experience changed towards the feeling that the loved one remains alive. This sensation generated a sense of pride in family members and sensitized them towards the painful experience of other people. Therefore, a desire to help and improve as humans beings was awakened. Conclusions: A compassionate approach towards families donating organs with improve organ donation and humanize the process.

Palavras-chave : Family; Social values; Tissue and organ procurement.

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