After having life-saving heart surgery, ex-New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns suffers from paralysis in his lower legs.
Following a stroke during a heart surgery, New Zealand cricket star Chris Cairns has been paralysed and will have “a hard road to recovery,” his family announced on Friday.
Following a stroke during a heart procedure, New Zealand cricket star Chris Cairns has been paralysed and will have “a hard road to recovery,” his family announced on Friday.
This month, Cairns, 51, who was once considered one of the world’s best all-rounders in the early 2000s, was hospitalised with a potentially life-threatening heart issue when a tear formed in the lining of a major artery.
A stroke occurred during the process, according to the family of the former international player from Canberra. He was taken to Sydney for emergency surgery. “As a result of this, he has been rendered paralysed in his legs,” the family said in a statement.
In order to recover from this injury, he will be through a lengthy rehabilitation process at a specialised spinal hospital in Australia.”
According to the statement, Cairns and his family have returned to Canberra to spend more time together and “make whatever progress they can in his recuperation.”
In a statement, Chris and his family expressed their gratitude for “the tremendous outpouring of public support” as they navigated through this difficult time.
“They also appreciate how their privacy has been protected,” says the source..
Cairns played 62 Tests between 1989 and 2004, averaging 29.4 with the ball and 33.53 with the bat, including 87 sixes, which was a world record at the time. He retired from international cricket in the 2006 .
His on-field accomplishments, however, were overshadowed by charges of match-fixing, which Cairns vehemently disputed, which led in two separate court proceedings.
After being cleared on both instances, Cairns complained that his reputation had been “scorched” as a result of the events.