Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns said that he is very lucky to be alive after suffering a spinal stroke that left him paralysed waist down. However, he is not sure if he will walk or stand up again.
“We don’t know what happens going forward. I don’t know if I’ll walk, I don’t know if I’ll stand. But I may stand. I may walk. The only option is to keep going. The thing is, I’m not even just lucky to be (alive). I’m very lucky,” Cairns was quoted as saying by Canberra Times.
Cairns underwent a life-saving emergency heart surgery before facing complications after suffering a spinal stroke.
He has been asked to use his chest and arms by a panel of doctors. His wife Melanie said, “Chris didn’t just have a stroke one day and (was gone), he had two weeks of being so close to (death). So we start from a place of gratefulness, and every bit we get back after that is just an extra.
“He’s here, he’s still him. Yes physical challenges, but in the gym, he said (to the staff) you show me the bar and I’m going to smash it down.”
“He’s super motivated to get back out on the tennis court with our daughter, whether that’s running around or in a wheelchair. He’s still going to try to beat her, that’s who he is. That motivation puts him in a really good place to try to tackle something like this.”
He represented New Zealand in 62 Tests, 215 ODIs and two T20Is. Chris lauded Australia after they defeated New Zealand in the finale of the ICC T20 World Cup