Chris Cairns has opened up the possibility that he may never be walking again and that he has made peace with it. The former New Zealand cricketer has gone through four open-heart surgeries after a severe heart condition.
The New Zealander was on life support but suffered a spinal stroke which made him paralyzed from the waist down. In Cairn’s own words “It has been 14 weeks since I had my injury and it feels like a lifetime when I look back, ” he says. “I have zero recollection of the eight or nine days when I had four open-heart surgeries. My wife, Mel, was with me the whole time and I have to refer back to her constantly with regards to what was going on. I was completely out of it.”
The former cricketer has an illustrious career but was marred with fixing allegations from which he emerged victoriously. The cricketer is currently going to rehab and is grateful to be alive.
In his own words “There are dark days. I remember being in the gym when I first got here on day one or day two and I heard an Oasis song over the speaker system and I burst into tears. That music brought back memories of dancing in a nightclub at midnight with friends. It hits you that you might not do that again. But you have to bounce out of that quickly and go forward.”
There is also the sense of opportunity, of using his platform as a well-known former sportsman to spread awareness. “If my story can help that is the deal,” he says. “You just want to talk about it for those coming through and at the start of their recovery. “I hope that I will be going back on family holidays with the kids but I may be wheelchair-bound for the rest of my life. At least I have the chance to be here and live life in a different way if that happens.”