Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge in critical condition in Samoan hospital
Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge is in a critical condition in a Samoan hospital after being taken ill during a flight to the island nation.
Strawbridge was to join the Manu Samoa team ahead of their historic All Blacks test in Apia and was admitted to hospital overnight on Tuesday with an infection in his right eye, after which his condition deteriorated rapidly.
He has now been joined in Samoa by his wife Laura and sister Susan, a statement from the Super Rugby franchise said on Thursday night. He is being taken care of at the Moto'otua National Hospital in Apia.
Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said: "We truly appreciate the incredible support that has been provided by the hospital staff, the people of the Samoan Rugby Union, the All Blacks and the Chiefs players who are on the ground over there."
Samoa Rugby Union acting Chief Executive Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said: "We are all deeply shocked at how quickly this has evolved and we are very concerned for Straws' health. We are now doing everything we can to support him, Laura and their families."
Laura Strawbridge said: "We are touched and overwhelmed by the kindness and alofa shown to us by friends and strangers and the wider rugby community. I would particularly like to thank the wonderful All Blacks supporter, here for the test match, who responded to the call for a donation of Andrew's blood type.
"The ICU team at Moto'otua Hospital, our Chiefs rugby family, our Manu Samoa aiga and New Zealand Rugby have shown us open-hearted support at this extremely difficult time."
The family has asked for privacy at this time and does not wish to be contacted by media.
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