- Publish Date
- Friday, 24 September 2021, 9:56AM
Former Black Cap Chris Cairns has taken to social media to share a collection of photos with his fans from his time in hospital after he underwent life-saving emergency surgery.
The pictures posted to Twitter show Cairns on life support and some of the personal moments he shared with loved ones once he regained consciousness.
The 51-year-old collapsed after suffering a massive heart attack last month in Canberra - resulting in an aortic dissection, which is when a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body's main artery.
He was then rushed to a specialist hospital in Sydney for emergency life-saving heart surgery, during which he suffered a stroke in his spine, resulting in paralysis in his legs.
But now the cricket legend is ready to tackle the greatest challenge he has ever faced as he begins rehabilitation.
Cairns said he would continue to post and keep fans updated on the rigorous journey he was about to begin.
Cairns, the son of Black Cap legend Lance Cairns, was a right-hand batsman and fast-medium bowler. He is known as one of the finest all-rounders of his generation.
Cairns played 62 test matches, 215 one day internationals and two T20s for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. He went on to become a commentator with Sky Sport.
Cairns has been living and working in Canberra with his wife Mel and their children for several years.