Chiefs coach awake, communicating
Sydney - Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge has woken up and
is communicating with his family but remains in a serious condition in
hospital, the Super Rugby team said on Thursday.
is also a technical advisor to the Samoa national rugby team, was
admitted to an Apia hospital last week with an infection in his right
eye after taking ill on a flight from New Zealand before his condition
He arrived back in New Zealand in an air
ambulance last Friday and was taken to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton,
where he had been listed as being in a critical but stable condition
since his arrival.
"Andrew Strawbridge is awake and in a serious,
stable condition in the Waikato Hospital Intensive Care Unit," the
Chiefs said in a statement.
"Despite not being out of the woods yet, Strawbridge has been talking to medical staff and to his wife Laura and sister Susan."
The Chiefs said he had asked his wife to convey his thanks to medical staff in Samoa.
Samoan national side had also sent him a video message from the United
States, where they are preparing for the Pacific Nations Cup.
50-year-old Strawbridge had flown to Samoa to help the team prepare to
host New Zealand in a one-off test in Apia last Wednesday which the All
Blacks won 25-16.