Critically-ill teacher ‘one in a million’

Wednesday May 27, 2020 Written by Published in Health
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Apii Te Uki Ou has announced a fundraiser this Friday, to support teachers Grace Archer and Theo Warrick.

Health authorities are investigating the country’s first listeria infection in more than 10 years, after Archer was flown to hospital in Auckland in critical condition this month.

When her condition deteriorated rapidly, family members paid to charter another plane two days later to fly her partner Theo Warrick to join her at her bedside in intensive care.

Principal Mark Harris and board of governors president Tony Fe’ao sent an open letter to the school community last night, inviting them to work together to support the couple.

“Grace remains in a critical condition in New Zealand’s Auckland Hospital and is still receiving very close monitoring and intensive care from her doctors and family,” they said.

“This recovery has not progressed as anticipated over the past two weeks but can take time and we are hopeful that the prescribed antibiotics will begin to work for Grace very soon.

“Theo remains at Grace’s side, comforting and supporting her in any way he can. We send Theo and both of their families, strength, love and hope at such a challenging time.”

They described Archer as “one in a million”.

“Grace changes the lives of all she touches and leaves a wake of warmth, happiness and love in her path. Although she only joined our school this year, she has made a considerable positive impact on our children, families and staff.”

The school will run a car wash café from 7.30-10am Friday morning, and again from 1-3pm that afternoon.

Locals are invited to call in, have their car washed and enjoy a coffee, kai and catch-up while they wait. Raffle tickets will also be available.

“We want to acknowledge and thank our community for your thoughts, words and prayers for Grace and Theo as each and every one of them makes a difference,” Harris and Fe’ao said.

Family friends have set up a fundraising page, Graces Recovery.

Already, 300 friends and family and wellwishers have donated more than $20,000 to help with the families’ costs. Among them are families whose children are in their classes at Te Uki Ou this year.

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