Oral History of Lung Transplantation

This page represents work from an undergraduate interdisciplinary seminar offered at Elon University. Students enrolled in this course studied many aspects of transplantation, including the diseases that cause people to need lung transplants, how people cope with the stress of disease and waiting for transplant, and policies and ethical dilemmas regarding organ transplantation. In particular, we were interested in peoples' experiences related to both the benefits and difficulties of transplantation. The students were also trained in the techniques of oral history, and each student interviewed someone who had undergone a transplant.

We are posting excerpts from those interviews in an effort to thank and honor those who took the time to share their stories with us. We've learned a great deal, especially about facing uncertainty and obstacles with courage, humor, realism, and hope. We hope that others--whether it be people with lung disease, the families and loved ones of people who need transplants, health care providers, or anyone interested in organ transplantation--will likewise appreciate hearing their words.

We tried to perform these interviews in an ethical manner, and the project was approved by Elon University's Committee on Human Participants in Research. Interviewees gave informed consent and released the interviews to the public domain. Still, please keep in mind that these excerpts are part of a fuller interview, and may be taken out of context. Please do not quote these interviews unless it is in the spirit of contributing to the well-being of transplant recipients or the support of organ donation. The complete interviews will be deposited in the Elon University archives.

Interviews from Fall 2000

Interviews from Fall 2002


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For more information, contact Dr. Mary Jo Festle, Professor of History at Elon University.

Email: festle@elon.edu

This page last updated 11/18/07