A British tourist who was injured in a moped accident in Thailand and needed transfusions of blood type that is uncommon in the South East Asian country is now 'safe', a Thai doctor has confirmed.
Lucy Hill, from Bury, Greater Manchester, received the transfusions she needed after her friends and family made an online plea for blood donors, prompting a flood of offers.
Ms Hill, 21, was on a gap year break in Thailand. She was left seriously injured after her moped collided with a car in Chaing Mai.
She was rushed to the Maharaja Nakorn Hosptial for emergency surgery to treat a bleed on her brain and to insert titanium plates to her broken hip.
She required blood transfusions but needed 'A negative' blood, which fewer than one per cent of Thai people have.
An online appeal for donors, started by friends and family, was shared more than 40,000 times within six hours and soon queues of people were reported outside the hospital offering their blood.
Dr Weerachart Lertnitikul, the hospital's director said that both Thais and foreigners had donated blood, with some travelling from as far away as southern Phuket and the capital Bangkok.
"Family and friends of the patient posted messages on social media both Facebook, Instagram and Twitter," said Dr Lertnitikul said.
"Within 24 hours, we received many blood donations. The donations are from Thai people as well as foreigners, both tourists and expats.
"Currently, the patient is now safe," he said.
Following the blood transfusions, Ms Hill's friend, Darren Burns, said the injured Briton was "out of immediate danger".