The erstwhile Black Caps prima shared a video connection connected societal media wherever helium said the spinal changeable helium suffered pursuing life-saving bosom country "will supply maine with perchance the top situation I've ever faced successful rehab going forward".
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In the minute-long video, helium besides thanked the surgeons, doctors, nurses, and specialists who looked aft him successful Canberra, wherever helium lives, and Sydney, saying: "You saved my life".
"Just implicit six weeks ago, I suffered a benignant A aortic dissection, which fundamentally means there's a teardrop successful 1 of the large arteries of the heart," began Cairns, successful his archetypal station connected Twitter successful 7 years.
"I had respective surgeries and grafts and precise thankfully the specialists were capable to prevention the bosom itself.
"One of the complications that arose was a spinal changeable which successful itself volition supply maine with perchance the top situation I've ever faced successful rehab going forward.
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"Huge acknowledgment to the squad present astatine Canberra Hospital, to St Vincent's successful Sydney, the surgeons, the doctors, the nurses, the specialists – you saved my life.
"Thanks besides [for[ each the well-wishes that person been sent done to Mel, my wife, and I.
"Uplifting, humbling, and so, truthful special.
"I'll support posting to support you on connected the travel arsenic it goes, but please, convey you truthful overmuch and overmuch emotion to everybody."
When Cairns suffered the aortic dissection, helium was rushed from Canberra to Sydney, where helium underwent exigency bosom surgery astatine St Vincent's Hospital.
He has since returned to Canberra and was acceptable to statesman his rehabilitation successful a specializer spinal unit.
NZ Cricket Players Association brag Heath Mills told Stuff earlier this period its Cricketers' Trust – which is disposable to each past players to use for – was assisting Cairns and his family.
"We person been successful regular interaction with Mel Cairns and the family, done our idiosyncratic improvement manager Paul Hobbs.
"Obviously it's an atrocious concern for Chris and the family, and we are supporting them wherever we can."
Cairns' father, Lance, played 43 tests and 78 one-day internationals for New Zealand betwixt 1974 and 1985.
Chris Cairns made his trial debut successful Perth successful 1989, conscionable 4 years aft Lance farewelled trial cricket astatine the WACA ground. He played 62 tests and 215 ODIs until his status successful 2006.
At the highest of his powers, Cairns was named 1 of the Wisden Almanack's 5 cricketers of the twelvemonth successful 2000.
One of New Zealand's top all-rounders, Cairns was a cardinal fig successful the Black Caps' 2-1 bid triumph successful England successful 1999, and their lone 50-over satellite rubric successful the ICC Knockout Trophy successful Kenya successful 2000.
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