24 Jul 2015

Strawbridge discharged from hospital

11:51 am on 24 July 2015

Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge has been discharged from Waikato Hospital, three weeks after falling critically ill in Samoa while there for the historic All Blacks Test.

Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge

Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge Photo: Photosport

Strawbridge said he's grateful for all the care he has received.

"It has been a very traumatic journey, so I have to be realistic that I will take a long time to recover, but I would like to thank so many people," Strawbridge said.

"I would sincerely like to thank Ross Wylde who donated blood, the incredible Dr Dave Galler and the Moto'otua National Hospital Intensive Care Unit team, the Air Ambulance Crew, the wonderful staff at Waikato Hospital, the Chiefs, Manu Samoa aiga, New Zealand Rugby and all of our family and friends and especially my lovely wife and sister who has been simply amazing during this ordeal."

The 50-year-old, who was in Apia as Manu Samoa's technical advisor, will continue to remain under multiple specialists as he continues his recovery process.

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