Chris Cairns reported to have been paralysed by a stroke during heart surgery

Chris Cairns

Ollie Phillips

Chris Cairns, the former New Zealand all-rounder, has been reported to have been paralysed by a stroke that he suffered during heart surgery, as per BBC Sport. Cairns has been left immobilised in his legs after the emergency operation in Sydney.

There was the postive news in the last couple of weeks that Cairns had been taken off life support after suffering from a "major medical event" in Canberra.

The surgery that Cairns received in Sydney was reported to be "life-saving" in a statement from Cairns' lawyer Aaron Lloyd, but the ex-cricketer suffered a stroke in his spine during the process.

He will now have to go through a long rehabilitation process in order to come back from the ordeal, recovering in a specialist spinal hospital in Australia.

Cairns scored 3320 runs and took 218 wickets over his 62-Test career. He also played 215 ODIs for the Black Caps. Our thoughts go out to the New Zealand legend, his family and his friends at this time.