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Chris Cairns paralysed in legs following spinal stroke, returns to Canberra

Chris Cairns had suffered a spinal stroke last month, as he was hospitalised in Sydney, undergoing surgery. While he has returned to Canberra now, he has been paralysed in his legs.

Chris Cairns paralysed in legs following spinal stroke, returns to Canberra-ayh
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Canberra ACT, First Published Aug 27, 2021, 3:16 PM IST
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Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns had suffered a severe stroke last month as he was hospitalised for the same in Sydney. He had reportedly suffered a spinal stroke and had undergone heart surgery in Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital for aortic dissection while he was on life support for some time.

Meanwhile, on Friday, he has returned to his home in Canberra. However, his condition remains serious, and he has a long recovery road ahead as he has been paralysed in his legs.

Cairns' lawyer Aaron Lloyd issued a statement where he confirmed the same, adding that the Kiwi would be undergoing a significant rehabilitation process in Australia's specialist spinal hospital, reports stuff.co.nz. He further said that Cairns' family thanked all for their undying support at this crucial time, besides respecting their privacy.

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Chris Cairns paralysed in legs following spinal stroke, returns to Canberra-ayh

Cairns would now spend time with his family as he hits the long road to recovery. Meanwhile, Lloyd confirmed that his family would issue further updates on his recovery as and when things progress.

Cairns had represented NZ across formats between 1989 to 2006. He was primarily effective in the One-Day Internationals, scoring 4,950 runs in 215 matches at an average of 29.5 and had a strike rate of 84.3. He also scored 3,320 runs in 62 Tests at an average of 33.5.

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