On the 9th of January 21-year-old Bury born Lucy Hill suffered a broken pelvis and a brain hemorrhage when a car collided with her rented moped in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She remains in a critical condition at Rajavej Chiang Mai Hospital.
Lucy has now had several blood transfusions after people responded to a social media appeal, however her aunt, Sue Raleigh, has stated that “nowhere near enough blood” has been donated. Lucy’s aunt has revealed that more supplies of the relatively rare A negative blood type were needed in order to facilitate further surgery, which is likely to be carried out on Today.
The PE graduate, who was just six days in to her gap year when the accident occurred, has had titanium plates fitted to her pelvis as surgeons plan an operation on her skull. On Monday, dozens of strangers queued up from 6am to donate pints of blood to Lucy, consequently allowing doctors to perform another blood transfusion.
Family and friends of Ms. Hill posted an appeal on the travel review site Trip Advisor after the hospital ran out of the crucial blood supplies. The appeal, which was shared on Facebook, was shared over 40,000 times in just six hours whilst any ex-patriates living in Thailand with the same blood type were asked to donate. Less than 1% of Thai people have negative blood types.
Lucy’s travelling companion Lauren Hall appealed for help on Sunday through Facebook, she posted “Sourcing the blood is difficult. I understand it is your holiday but this is my friend. It doesn’t take long and it will do a great thing. My friend wore a helmet and did nothing wrong. Everybody please share”.
On Monday another friend named Darren Burns spoke of the initial appeal’s success, he remarked “Compassionate people from all over the world came together over 24 hours for a girl from Bury”.
TNT News Billy Rooney