• Journal Article

Through the eyes of young sibling donors: The hematopoietic stem cell donation experience

Citation

D'Auria, J. P., Fitzgerald, T., Presler, C. M., & Kasow, K. A. (2015). Through the eyes of young sibling donors: The hematopoietic stem cell donation experience. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30(3), 447-453. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.12.012

Abstract

This qualitative study used a grounded theory approach to explore how pediatric sibling donors of a successful hematopoietic stem cell transplantation conceptualized their donation experiences. Saving my sister's (or brother's) life describes the central phenomenon identified by this purposive sample of 8 sibling donors. Five themes captured their memories: being the perfect match, stepping up, worrying about the outcome, the waiting process, and sharing a special bond. Further research surrounding changes in relational issues will provide insight into inter-sibling support and the developmental course of the sibling relationship into adulthood when intensified by a health crisis