Chris Cairns: Former New Zealand all-rounder left paralysed after stroke during heart surgery

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Chris Cairns was a part of 62 Tests, 215 One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand.

His family confirmed that Chris Cairns, a former New Zealand all-rounder, has been paralysed following a stroke in a heart surgery.

Cairns required emergency surgery at a Sydney Hospital earlier this month. He was then briefly placed on life support.

His family released a statement saying that he will now undergo a "significant rehabilitation process at a specialist spine hospital in Australia."

The 51-year old faces "a long road to recover," they said.

Cairns was considered one of the greatest all-rounders his generation. He played 62 Tests, 215 internationals and two Twenty20 internationals in New Zealand between 1989-2006 before becoming a TV pundit.

Between 1974 and 1988, his father Lance represented New Zealand as well.

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