You are probably wondering what I am going on about but allow me to explain. You have probably heard about how there has been a shortage of blood and organ donors in our country and also about the ongoing story of Will Pope. If not then please read on and I will enlighten you. Back in 2009 a boy named Will Pope was admitted to Hospital after having a heart attack, he was only 16 and had been completely healthy all of his life, no one knows why he became ill.
After Will had got to hospital he went immediately for an x-ray scan only for his parents to find out that he would need a heart transplant. Three nearly four years down the line and Will has only just had his transplant. But why did this take so long, well as I mentioned before, recently there has been a shortage of blood and organ downers that was the case even back in 2009.
In terms of network science, the reason Will’s transplant took so long can be explained by the lack of connections between the hospital and the downers. For example the hospital was the centre hub and they needed to find the relevant heart donor (relevant connections), and because there was no one with the correct blood type heart it meant that Will was left waiting, and the hospital (centre hub) was not getting the correct donors (connections).
However its not just Will that is in need of organ transplants, there are approximately 10,000 people that are waiting. Of those 10,000 people 1000 of them, that means that three per day will die as a result of waiting for an organ downer.
If you would like more up to date information about Will Pope then go to http://willpope.co.uk.