Lucy Hill blood appeal: Backpacker has surgery in Thailand

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Lucy Hill was injured in a moped accident in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand

An injured backpacker with a relatively rare blood type has had an operation in Thailand after hundreds of people came forward to donate following an appeal.

Lucy Hill, 21, from Bury, Greater Manchester, broke her pelvis when her moped was in collision with a car on Saturday in Chiang Mai.

People attended the hospital to donate the relatively rare A negative blood after a social media appeal went viral.

Her aunt Sue Raleigh said the operation on her pelvis "went well".

The Leeds Beckett University graduate may need further surgery on her knee, she added.

'Enough blood'

Family and friends of Ms Hill posted a plea on the Trip Advisor website after the hospital ran out of supplies of the blood - fewer than 1% of Thai people have negative blood types.

The appeal was shared 40,000 times within six hours, with hundreds of messages from people trying to help.

Ms Hill has had several blood transfusions since then but Ms Raleigh said: "They had enough blood to carry her through."

Appealing for more donations she said: "Who's to say what will happen in the future."

As well as surgery on her pelvis, she has had and a procedure to treat a bleed on her brain.

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Lucy Hill's moped was involved in a crash with a car in Chiang Mai on Saturday