New Zealand top cricketer Chris Cairns faces ‘biggest challenge’

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Chris Cairns shared a video in which he thanked the surgeons, doctors, nurses who “saved my life”.© Twitter

New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns said on Monday he was “facing perhaps the biggest challenge” of his life after being left paralyzed following stroke during heart surgery . The 51-year-old, one of the world’s best all-rounders in the early 2000s, underwent life-saving surgery last month when a tear developed in the wall of a main artery. The former Canberra-based international underwent emergency surgery in Sydney but suffered a stroke during the procedure, leaving him unable to use his legs. In his first comments since, Cairns shared a video post on social media in which he thanked the surgeons, doctors, nurses who “saved my life”, acknowledging that there was “a long way to go” .

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“A little over six weeks ago I had a Type A aortic dissection, which basically means there is a tear in one of the main arteries in the heart,” he said. .

“I have had several surgeries and transplants and very luckily the specialists were able to save the heart itself.

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“One of the complications that occurred was a stroke which in itself will provide me with perhaps the greatest challenge I have ever encountered in rehabilitation in the future.”

Cairns played 62 tests between 1989 and 2004, averaging 29.4 with the ball and 33.53 with the bat, including 87 six – a world record at the time.

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However, his achievements on the pitch were overshadowed by allegations of match-fixing, strongly denied by Cairns, which resulted in two court cases.

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He was cleared both times, but complained that his reputation had been “burned” regardless.

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