Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is going through a major health crisis. The all-rounder suffered an aortic dissection in his heart and was put on life support. He was critical and underwent emergency life saving surgery. He showed signs of improvement and was removed from the life support. However, as per the latest updates, he had suffered a spinal stroke during surgery which has led to his legs being paralysed.
"During the life-saving emergency heart surgery that Chris underwent in Sydney, he suffered a stroke in his spine. This has resulted in paralysis in his legs," stuff. co.NZ quoted a statement Cairns' lawyer Aaron Lloyd as saying.
"As a result, he will be undertaking a significant rehabilitation process at a specialist spinal hospital in Australia.”
Cairns family, who has undergone a lot during the past one month or so, is appreciative of the support they have got from the people back home. They are also feeling blessed that their privacy has been respected. Now, the family wants to spend as much time possible with Cairns and want to support him fully till the time he recovers.
"Chris and his family remain appreciative of the immense public support as they deal with this difficult time. They also appreciate how their privacy has been respected. Chris and his family now want to focus on spending time together where possible and making whatever progress they can in his recovery.”
"We will update everyone when there is more news, but that is likely to be some time away," the statement added.
A long servant of the game, Cairns was one of the best all-rounders New Zealand produced. He was renowned for his lusty hits down the ground and held the record for most sixes for New Zealand in Tests for a long time. However, fixing allegations tarnished his image. He fought many legal battles that took a toll on his mental and physical health. He also went bankrupt and had to drive trucks to pay bills.