The 51-year-old former cricketer collapsed last month after suffering a massive heart attack, resulting in an aortic dissection.
Aortic dissection is a serious condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery (aorta).
After heart surgery, she suffered several complications, including paralysis in her legs and a stroke in her spine.
“Just six weeks ago I suffered a type A aortic dissection, which essentially means that there is a tear in one of my heart arteries,” Cairns said in the video message posted on his social media.
It has been 6 important weeks. On August 4, I suffered a type A aortic dissection, a rare but serious disease. I need… https://t.co/OE4osECXm3
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“I had several surgeries and grafts and, very fortunately, the specialists were able to save the heart.
“One of the complications that came up was a stroke, which in itself will provide possibly the biggest challenge I have ever faced in rehab in the future,” he said.
One of the best off-roaders of its time, Cairns, who played 62 rounds, 215 ODIs and two T20Is for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006, thanked the doctors and nurses for saving his life.
“A long way to go, but I’m grateful to be here.
“A huge thank you to the team here at Canberra Hospital, to St Vincent in Sydney, surgeons, doctors, nurses, specialists, you saved my life.
“Thanks also to all the good wishes that have been sent to Mel, my wife and I. Upliftinghumbling and very special, “Cairns said.