Former Black Cap Chris Cairns paralysed after a stroke in surgery

Publish Date
Sunday, 29 August 2021, 9:09PM

Former Black Cap Chris Cairns has returned to Canberra but remains in a serious condition with a "long road to recovery" ahead of him after suffering a stroke in his spine during surgery.

The 51-year-old collapsed after suffering a massive heart attack three weeks ago 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 heart surgery.

His family said on Friday that during life-saving surgery, Cairns suffered a stroke in his spine.

"This has resulted in paralysis in his legs. As a result, he will be undertaking a significant rehabilitation process at a specialist spinal hospital in Australia."

Cairns and his family appreciate the immense public support, they said.

"They also appreciate the way in which their privacy has been respected."

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.