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Chris Cairns undergoes successful heart surgery, taken off life support

Chris Cairns is a former New Zealand all-rounder, having played all formats of the game. After being put on life support last week, he suffered a health scare but has now undergone successful heart surgery.

Chris Cairns undergoes heart surgery, taken off life support-ayh
Sydney NSW, First Published Aug 20, 2021, 12:53 PM IST

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns suffered a health scare last week after being put on life support. He was reportedly suffering from a heart problem, while he had a history of heart-related conditions.

However, he underwent successful heart surgery in a Sydney hospital and has been taken off life support. His lawyer Aaron Lloyd said in a tweet, “For those of you who want to know how @chriscairns168 is getting on, I’m pleased to say that Chris is off life support & has been able to communicate with his family. They are thankful for all of the support & well wishes from everyone & ask 4 continued privacy. Great news.”

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Earlier this month, Cairns had undergone surgery in Canberra. However, his condition was so severe that he was transferred to St Vincent’s hospital for another surgery. According to the reports from New Zealand media, he had suffered an aortic dissection, which happens to be a tear in the main artery of the body.

Cairns had represented the Kiwis 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. Following his retirement from the sport, he shifted his base to Canberra and has been staying there with his family for quite a few years now.

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