National MP Simon Bridges’ son is in Starship Hospital recovering from an injury.
The incident, which occurred around midday Thursday, involved Bridges’ son Harry, 7, being hit by a swing at his school.
The knock is understood to have caused internal bleeding. He was initially taken to Tauranga Hospital before being airlifted to Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland.
“He will stay at Starship for a few days, but we are confident for a full recovery and very grateful for all the support we’ve received,” Bridges said on Friday.
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Bridges missed a press conference on Thursday at which new National leader Christopher Luxon announced him as the party’s finance spokesman and number three.
After the accident on Thursday, Bridges tweeted that, “today my son Harry had a bad accident with a swing at school. Natalie and I want to thank all the amazing staff at Tauranga and Starship hospitals for all they’re doing.
“While it is serious, Harry should be ok. We are also very grateful for all the kind messages and prayers.”
Luxon – who had turned up outside a green grocer in Tauranga to make the announcement with Bridges – said he had told his new number three to stay with his family.
“Now I was supposed to be here with Simon Bridges. But what I want to tell you is that in the last hour one of his sons has had an accident at school and now he’s in hospital and so Simon texted me 20 minutes ago to say that he can’t be with us. And I’ve told him ‘mate, please just stay with your family’,” Luxon said.
“But I wanted to announce today that Simon is going to be our finance and infrastructure spokesperson for the National Party, he’s going to be number three in our line-up,” he told assembled media.
“So apologies that Simon can’t be here, he sends his apologies too, but I hope you’ll understand I really want him to be with his family at this time.”