Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, 51, reveals he suffered a spinal stroke during complications from an aortic dissection; Cairns tweets he is on the “long road” to recovery and thanks medical teams in Canberra and Sydney
Last Updated: 19/09/21 11:29am
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns says he is on the “long road” to recovery after revealing he suffered a spinal stroke.
The 51-year-old was transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney in August having initially had surgery in Canberra six days prior for an aortic dissection, a tear in the lining of the body’s main artery.
Cairns endured weeks of complication, culminating in a spinal stroke.
In a video posted on Twitter, he said: “Just over six weeks ago I suffered a type-A aortic dissection which essentially means there’s a tear in one of the major arteries of the heart.
“I had several surgeries and grafts and thankfully the specialists were able to save the heart itself.
It’s been a big 6 wks. On 4th August I suffered a Type A aortic dissection, a rare but serious condition. I required emergency surgery and from there a range of complications ensued and I ended up suffering a spinal stroke. A long road ahead, but I’m grateful to be here. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ylRoz2HmPF
— Chris Cairns (@chriscairns168) September 19, 2021
“One of the complications that arose was a spinal stroke which in itself will provide me with possibly the greatest challenge I’ve ever faced in rehab going forward.
“Huge thanks to the team here in Canberra and in Sydney: to the surgeons, the doctors, the nurses, the specialists – you saved my life.
“Thanks also to all the well-wishes that have been sent to my wife and I: uplifting, humbling and so, so special. A long road ahead, but I’m grateful to be here.”
Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches for his country between 1989 and 2006, taking a combined 420 wickets and scoring over 8,000 runs.