Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns said three months after winning the battle for life that he is “lucky to be alive”. He underwent heart surgery three months ago, after which he had to go through several more surgeries which put him on life support system and during this time he was paralyzed due to ‘spinal stroke’ from which he was trying to recover. Huh.
Cairns told the Canberra Times: ‘We don’t know what will happen next. I do not know whether I will be able to walk or not, I do not know whether I will be able to stand or not. But maybe I can stand. I can probably walk. The only option left is to continue with the treatment process. I am not only lucky but I am very lucky that I am alive. He is now recovering from paralysis, which has asked him to use his chest and arm for the first time in three months. “The best thing about continuing this process is that if something like this happens again, you should be prepared,” he said.
One of the best all-rounders of his time, Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 ODIs and two T20 Internationals for New Zealand. His wife Melanie said, ‘Chris did not only have a stroke for one day, but he was close to death for two weeks. We have him now. Yes, there are some physical challenges but in the gym he told the staff that you tell me what to do and I will complete it.