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Cairns Paralyzed in Legs after Suffering a Stroke

Chris Cairns, the former New Zealand all-rounder, has returned to Canberra, where he lives with his wife and children, after undergoing heart surgery, but he is still in critical condition. According to reports, Cairns is paralyzed in his legs as a result of a stroke in his spine.

The 51-year-old was admitted to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after complications from major heart surgery. He was on life support after suffering an aortic dissection – a condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery.

He was able to contact his family

He was taken off life support last week and was able to communicate with his family. Cairns’ lawyer, Aaron Lloyd, stated in a statement,

“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.

“As a result, he will be undertaking a significant rehabilitation process at a specialist spinal hospital in Australia. Chris and his family remain appreciative of the immense public support as they deal with this difficult time. They also appreciate how 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.” Cairns, the son of former Test player Lance Cairns, represented New Zealand in 62 Tests and 215 one-day internationals between 1989 and 2006.

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