Chris Cairns paralysed in legs after undergoing surgeries for heart condition
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, who recently underwent several surgeries after suffering a stroke, has been left paralysed in the legs his family said. Cairns suffered a sudden collapse and was rushed to the hospital where it was found that he had developed a tear in the lining of a major artery.
In a statement, Cairns' family has said that he has been paralysed in the legs and will undergo rehabilitation at a spinal hospital in Australia.
"During the life saving emergency heart surgery 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.
It has been reported that Cairns and his family have returned to Canberra to focus on spending time together and "making whatever progress they can in his recovery".
"Chris and his family remain appreciative of the immense public support as they deal with this difficult time. They also appreciate the way in which 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.
Son of former New Zealand all-rounder Lance Cairns, Cairns was one of the finest all-rounders in cricket during his playing days and played a key role for New Zealand in all formats of the game.
Cairns represented New Zealand in 62 Tests, 215 ODIs and two T20Is between 1989 to 2006. He has 3, 320 runs under his belt at an average of over 33 and also bagged 218 wickets in the five-day format. In the 50-over format, he scored 4, 950 runs at 29.46 and also claimed 201 wickets.