Andrew Strawbridge now in Hamilton hospital

The air ambulance that flew critically ill Andrew Strawbridge from Samoa landing at the Hamilton airport after 7pm tonight

BY Lance Polu

APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 10 JULY 2015: Manu Samoa Technical advisor and Chiefs Assistant Coach Andrew Strawbridge landed at the Hamilton airport after 7.00 this evening to a waiting ambulance that took him for intensive medical care at the Hamilton Hospital.

He was flown on an emergency air ambulance flight that left Faleolo Airport about midday.

He was in a critical condition and continued to stabilize overnight and remained under sedition this morning.

Strawbridge was admitted to Moto’otua National Hospital, Samoa on Tuesday night after taking ill during his flight to Samoa with an infection in his right eye which deteriorated rapidly.

Blood donors had to be sought in Apia given the rarity of Strawbridges blood type.

He was joining the Manu Samoa campaign for the All Blacks Test and was due to leave with the squad on Monday for the Pacific Nations Cup in the United States and Canada.

His wife Laura and sister Susan Strawbridge have joined him in Samoa.  The family has again expressed gratitude for the care and support that has been shown to Andrew and his family from the medical team at Moto’otua Hospital, the Manu Samoa aiga and the New Zealand rugby community.

Laura Strawbridge said: “We are overwhelmed by the support we are continuing to receive in both Samoa and New Zealand.  The kindness shown to us, and the offers of support, has been incredible. We want to thank everyone for their much needed thoughts and kind wishes at this extremely difficult time.”

There had been an out pour of support and well wishes for the popular rugby coach with several players sending goodwill messages on social media.