A honeymoon in Western Tibet came to a tragic end in October when the newlyweds crashed their car on a mountain road after suffering altitude sickness.

Sitting in the passenger seat, 27-year-old Yu Yanyan from Shanghai was badly injured.

Despite being transferred to a local hospital, rapid haemorrhaging and a lack of adequate blood stocks meant that she was unlikely to make it.

But drawing on the couple’s network and connections, Yu’s husband was able to secure blood donations from local civil servants and members of the public in that area of Tibet that helped to stabilise his bride.

Yu’s father then arranged a chartered plane to fly her to a larger hospital for more advanced surgery.