A Mirfield man has rallied to help a stricken woman badly hurt in a road accident in Thailand.
Lucy Hill, 21, suffered a broken pelvis and brain haemorrhage when a car collided with her moped in Bangkok on Saturday afternoon.
Lucy, who remains in a critical condition, was left suffering with anaemia following surgery and is in desperate need of rare ‘A Negative’ blood which doctors say is in short supply in Thailand.
Fewer then 1% of Thai people have ‘negative’ blood types so her family and friends launched a social media campaign to try and find Western travellers or ex-pats who may have the same blood type.
And one of the first to respond was 28-year-old Thomas Stubley from Mirfield who is travelling in the country.
He said around 60 people were queuing up to donate blood at the hospital in Chiang Mai to try to help Lucy, who comes from Bury.
“One of my mates tagged me on Facebook saying she was in hospital and they needed blood,” he said. “I have donated blood a few times before in England.
“There must have been about 50 or 60 people there trying to donate blood – I’ve never seen anything like it. There were people coming in all the time.
“I think like a lot of people I just saw a way I could help and I knew the blood would go straight to her.
“If enough people help hopefully it will make all the difference.”
Thomas’ mum, Susan, said: “Thomas was one of the first to turn up to help. He set off from home three years ago and was in New Zealand for a year, then Australia for two and went to Thailand in December.”
She keeps in contact with him via What’s App, Skype and Facebook as he’s not been home since setting off on his travels.
Thomas was educated at Mirfield Free Grammar and then the sixth form at Heckmondwike Grammar before completing a degree in architecture at Leeds Met university.
Lucy is still lying in a critical condition at Rajavej Chiang Mai Hospital after undergoing surgery.
Her 19-year-old friend Lauren Hall – who was travelling with Lucy at the time of her accident – is keeping vigil by her bedside along with her mum Alison, who flew out to be with her daughter.
Lucy, a Leeds Beckett University graduate, is expected to need further surgery to her eye socket and her pelvis.