NZ cricket great paralysed after life-saving surgery

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Chris Cairns faces a agelong roadworthy to recovery, with paralysis successful his legs aft suffering a changeable successful his spine.

The erstwhile Black Caps allrounder has returned to Canberra wherever helium lives, but remains successful a superior information aft suffering complications following large bosom country successful Sydney.

Cairns suffered an aortic dissection, a large aesculapian lawsuit which saw him transferred to Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital connected beingness enactment earlier this month.

Chris Cairns (Getty)

A connection issued by Cairns' lawyer Aaron Lloyd connected Friday confirmed the latest connected his condition:

"During the life-saving exigency bosom country Chris underwent successful Sydney helium suffered a changeable successful his spine. This has resulted successful paralysis successful his legs," the connection said.

"As a effect helium volition beryllium undertaking a important rehabilitation process astatine a specializer spinal infirmary successful Australia.

"Chris and his household stay appreciative of the immense nationalist enactment arsenic they woody with this hard time.

Cairns was a mainstay successful some New Zealand's Test and One Day sides passim the 90s (Getty)

"They besides admit the mode successful which their privateness has been respected.

"Chris and his household present privation to absorption connected spending clip unneurotic wherever imaginable and making immoderate advancement they tin successful his recovery. We volition update everyone erstwhile determination is much news, but that is apt to beryllium immoderate clip away."

An aortic dissection is simply a superior information successful which a teardrop occurs successful the interior furniture of the body's main artery (aorta).

Chris Cairns. (Pat Scala)

Cairns' information was described arsenic "serious but stable" connected August 11 connected transportation to Sydney, past determination was encouraging quality past week that helium was disconnected beingness enactment and communicating with his family.

Cairns, the lad of erstwhile trial subordinate Lance Cairns, played 62 tests and 215 one-day internationals for New Zealand betwixt 1989 and 2006, and was named 1 of the Wisden Almanack's cricketers of the twelvemonth successful 2000 erstwhile astatine the highest of his powers.

He and woman Melanie unrecorded successful Canberra and person 2 young children.

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