Chris Cairns

Former New Zealand allrounder Chris Cairns has spoken for the first time since having an emergency surgery following a major heart problem.

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Chris Cairns

In a video he posted on Twitter, the 51-year-old mentioned he was "grateful to be here", although it remains "a long, long road ahead".

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Chris Cairns

"Just about six weeks ago I suffered a Type A aortic dissection which.....

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Chris Cairns

essentially means there's a tear in one of my arteries of the heart," he said in the video message.

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Chris Cairns

"I had several surgeries and grafts, and very thankfully, the specialists were able to save the heart itself."

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Chris Cairns

Cairns had surgery in Canberra after a "major medical event" in August but.....

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the seriousness of his condition required him to be transferred to St Vincent's in Sydney for another operation.

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"Thanks also to all the well wishes that have been sent through to Mel, my wife, and I. Uplifting, humbling and so, so special."

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Chris Cairns

Cairns, the son of former Test player Lance Cairns, played 62 Tests and 215 ODIs for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006.

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