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Graduate Lucy Hill Declared 'Out of Immediate Danger' After Blood Transfusion in Chiang Mai, Thailand

12/01/2016 13:49 GMT | Updated 12/01/2016 13:59 GMT

A student who was seriously injured following a road collision in Thailand is "out of immediate danger" after social media appeals to find blood donors saw thousands queueing to donate.

Lucy Hill, a recent Leeds Beckett graduate, was admitted to intensive care in Chiang Mai hospital after the moped she was riding collided with a car. The situation was made worse by Hill's A negative blood type, which is extremely rare in Thailand, and so her family and friends took to social media to urge Western travellers and ex-pats to donate so that Hill could receive the blood transfusion she desperately needed.

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Lucy Hill was on a trip of a lifetime in Thailand when the crash occurred

The campaign went viral and brought queues of donors to Chiang Mai hospital looking to help Hill. She has now received the transfusion, and Hill's aunt has told the BBC that her niece is in a "critical but stable" condition.

Hill's close friend Darren Burns, who has been highly involved in the social media campaigns, reported in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning that a Just Giving page, which he had created with the aim of raising funds to cover his friend's medical costs, had been reported by an unknown user and removed from the Just Giving website.

PLEASE CAN EVERYONE RE-SHARE Unfortunately there are people in the world that don't like to see good deeds being done,...

Posted by Darren Burns on Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The issue has now been resolved, and his donation page is back up and running, currently having raised £2,927 of the £25,000 target.

Hill's travel companion Lauren Hall, speaking to the Manchester Evening News, has praised the Chiang Mai hospital's "hard work", but has reminded the public that Hill, who is expected to need surgery on her eye socket and pelvis, "is still critical."