Chris Cairns off life support after heart surgery
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns is off life support and recovering in hospital after emergency surgery in Sydney for a heart problem, his lawyer said on Friday.
“I’m pleased to advise that Chris is off life support and has been able to communicate with his family from hospital in Sydney,” Aaron Lloyd said in a statement.
“He and his family are thankful for all of the support and well wishes from everyone, and for the privacy they have been afforded. They request that this continues as they focus on his recovery moving forward.”
Cairns, 51, had surgery in Canberra after a “major medical event” this month but the seriousness of his condition required him to be transferred to St Vincent’s for another operation. New Zealand media reported that Cairns had suffered an aortic dissection — a tear in the body’s main artery.
One of the best all-rounders of his time, Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 ODIs and two T20Is between 1989 and 2006.