Former New Zealand cricketer suffers paralysis in legs after heart surgery

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum had come forward to help Cairns and his family in these difficult times and also urged people to do the same.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 28 August 2021 3:55 pm

Life has been harsh on former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns. After suffering from a heart illness, he would have hoped to get back to normal after opting for surgery, but unfortunately, the surgery itself has caused paralysis in his legs. The doctors have said that he will have to go through a long road to recovery.

Chris Cairns suffered a stroke during his life-saving heart surgery which resulted in paralysis in his legs. Cairns, aged 51, was hit by a life-threatening heart condition this month when a tear developed in the lining of a major artery. The Canberra-based former international underwent emergency surgery in Sydney but suffered a stroke during the operation. Cairns' family issued a statement to inform people about the same. They also said that “as a result, he will be undertaking a significant rehabilitation process at a specialist hospital in Australia”.

Brendon McCullum had extended his support to Cairns

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum had come forward to help Cairns and his family in these difficult times and also urged people to do the same. It's worth noting that McCullum had spoken against Cairns in the match-fixing saga but he put aside the personal grudges and had said that he wants to offer support to Cairns in this critical time.

“It's a difficult subject to obviously talk about. We haven't seen each other for quite a long time. Our relationship is unimportant in the whole thing but the fact is that Chris is a father and also son to Lance and Sue...It's a really difficult time for those people and I know the cricket community and all those who support the family will be suffering right now. Today, my family and I are thinking of those people who are suffering,” McCullum had said on a radio show.

Chris Cairns was one of the world's top all-rounders in the early 2000s. He played 62 Tests between 1989 and 2004 and averaged 29.4 with the ball and 33.53 with the bat. However, his career was put in bad light after he was accused of match-fixing.

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