New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns recovering after heart attack

Legendary New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is off life support and talking to family after massive heart attack at 51 sent him to hospital for emergency surgery

  • New Zealand cricket legend Chris Cairns off life support and communicating
  • Cairns collapsed after suffering an aortic dissection in Canberra two weeks ago  
  • Father-of-four was transported to Sydney hospital for emergency heart surgery 

Legendary New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is off life support and communicating with his family after suffering a heart attack in Australia. 

Cairns, 51, has been recovering after he collapsed from an aortic dissection in Canberra two weeks ago.

He was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney for emergency heart surgery before doctors placed him on life support in a serious but stable condition.  

Cairns’s lawyer Aaron Lloyd released a statement on Friday to reveal the former Black Cap allrounder and father-of-four was on the mend.  

‘I’m pleased to advise that Chris is off life support and has been able to communicate with his family from hospital in Sydney,’ he said.

Legendary New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns (pictured, with partner Melanie and children) is off life support and communicating with his family after suffering a massive heart attack in Australia

Cairns’s lawyer Aaron Lloyd released a statement on Friday to reveal the former Black Cap allrounder and father-of-four was on the mend

‘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.’  

Aortic dissection is caused by a tear in the innermost layer of the body’s main artery that branches off the heart. 

If blood is able to flow through the outside layer of the large blood vessel’s wall, the medical episode can be deadly.

Cairns’s wife Melanie released a statement following the incident and said her husband had suffered a ‘major medical event’.

‘Chris’s family and friends are heartened by the respectful and warm manner in which this terrible news has been reported, and received by the public, both in New Zealand and around the world, and thanks everyone for their warm wishes, prayers and kind words,’ she said. 

The right-hand batsman and fast-medium bowler is credited as one of the most talented all-rounders of his generation. 

Cairns played 62 test matches, 215 one day internationals, and two T20’s for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. 

He is the son of Black Caps legend Lance Cairns.  

Cairns played 62 test matches, 215 one day internationals, and two T20’s for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006 

The born-and-bred Kiwi went on to commentate for Sky News and has been the chief executive of SmartSportz, a company that produces virtual sport 

The born-and-bred Kiwi went on to commentate for Sky News and has been the chief executive of SmartSportz, a company that produces virtual sport.

The 51-year-old had been living and working in Canberra with his wife and their children for several years before he suddenly collapsed last week.  

In 2015, Cairns emerged on the right side of two prominent British trials following his victory in a libel case against Indian cricket administrator Lalit Modi in 2012. 

The cricketer was found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice charges in relation to match-fixing allegations. 

However the allegations had a severe impact on the cricketers life, with Cairns describing his reputation as ‘completely scorched’ by the legal saga.  

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