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The research study was to describe the life experiences of heart transplant recipients and what transplantation has meant to them. Husserl’s phenomenology was applied using as the research methodology for this study. Informants were 12 adult patients who had undergone at least 1 year of heart transplantation. The data were collected by using in-depth interviews and audio-recording. Then, the data were transcribed word-for-word and analyzed using Colaizzi’s content analysis.
The results were divided into 2 parts as follows: 1) During a recovery period at home, patients needed to take care themselves by caring for surgical wound properly, keeping rehabilitation to walk normally, relieving drug side effects, and receiving assistance from family members. 2) Patients needed maintaining a new heart for lasting by taking immunosuppressive drugs on time, eating freshly cooked, hot, or bland food, cleaning inside house without dust and smoke, protecting against dust, smoke and UV light when going out, and changing their lifestyles for avoiding recurrent sickness.
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