The former polyvalent will undertake “an important process of rehabilitation” in a specialized hospital
Cairns, 51, had returned to his hometown of Canberra but remained in serious condition, according to reports citing a statement by his lawyer Aaron Lloyd.
“During life-saving emergency heart surgery Chris underwent in Sydney, he suffered a stroke to his spine. This resulted in paralysis of his legs,” the statement said. “As a result, he will undertake a major rehabilitation process at a specialist spine hospital in Australia.
“Chris and his family remain grateful for the overwhelming support from the public as they go through this difficult time. They also appreciate the way their privacy has been respected.
“Chris and his family now want to focus on spending time together as much as possible and making as much progress as possible in his recovery. We’ll update everyone when there’s more news, but this ‘probably in a while. “
Cairns, the son of former Test player Lance Cairns, competed in 62 Tests and 215 ODIs for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006.