Chris Cairns, a former New Zealand cricketer, has been going through a difficult period in his life for quite some time. The former all-rounder has stated that he is unsure if he will ever be able to walk again. In August, the 51-year-old suffered an aortic dissection, a life-threatening heart disease. The former all-rounder was put on life support as a result of this. After that, he had to have four open-heart surgeries, but while on the operating table, he suffered a spinal stroke, rendering him paraplegic below the waist. It’s been 14 weeks since Cairns’ injury, but he says it feels like a lifetime. He went on to say that now it’s about realizing that he can live a happy life in a wheelchair.

“I’m not sure if I’ll ever walk again, and I’ve accepted that fact. It’s now about accepting that I can live a full and pleasant life in a wheelchair while also acknowledging that it will be different. When I think back on the 14 weeks since my injury, it feels like a lifetime. I have no recollection of the eight or nine days I spent in the hospital undergoing four open-heart procedures. Mel, my wife, was with me the entire time, and I had to keep referring to her for updates on what was going on.”, Cairns was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “I was utterly out of it.”

The former New Zealand cricketer also stated that he believes his athletic career is assisting him in his recuperation. Cairns also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to live life again, albeit in a new way.

“Over the following 12-24 months, I’ll try to cram as much as I can into my schedule. There is no timetable here, as I used to work in a field where bones and muscles took six weeks to heal. It’s possible that I’ll get a flicker in one muscle in three months, but it’s also possible that it’ll take nine months. I plan to return for family vacations with the kids, but I may be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life. At the very least, I have the opportunity to be here and live life differently if that occurs,” Cairns added.