Identitet og organdonation

Marie Jyrkinewsky Mathiesen, Anne Mynte Lyngbo Nielsen, Dejan Omerbasic, Anne Mørk Nielsen, Shamsia Ruhi & Naba Nabil Salem Al-dahlaki

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study examines the experience that a heart transplant has on a human being. To analyze the subject matter, we decided to conduct an interview with a woman, whom we chose to refer as “Eva”, who in her mid-20’s received a heart transplant. To properly interview and thereafter analyze the interview, we made use of phenomenology. With phenomenology, we were able to conduct an open interview, where our goal was to capture our informant, Eva’s experience with her transplanted heart. After the interview, we identified four central themes that we decided best captured the most important aspects of Eva’s experience with her transplanted heart. These themes were heart as a symbol, heart in regards to identity, heart as a gift and death itself. We concluded through our analysis that Eva’s rational thinking in regards to the new heart, meant that our informant did not view the new heart in a symbolical way. Eva has a dualistic view on the self and the body, and therefore has no issues in separating the two. The new heart did not shape or alter her identity. Eva is capable of separating the new heart from her identity. The heart’s function, in Eva’s view, is that of a mere motor and carries no emotional value. In regards to her new heart being a gift, we concluded that Eva contradicts herself. She does this by both describing the heart as being a machine, but also admits a desire not to dishonour it. Through her own involvement in organ donation and plea for others to consider organ donation, we arrived at the conclusion that a part of her subconscious was trying to live up to her transplanted heart. Eva’s battle with her own health and thus death, is seen through her positive outlook on life. She does not fear death, and through her positive outlook on life, she is able to confront her inevitable death with a sense of ease. Through our analysis we’ve reached a better understanding of Eva’s experience with the transplanted heart. By no means is her experience shared by every single person who has received a heart transplant. Eva’s story is one of many, and in an ever technologically advancing world, an increasing amount of people will have to come to terms with organs inside them, which are not biologically their own.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2015
VejledereJames Giles


  • Organtransplantation
  • Fænomenologi