Cairns 'serious but stable' as family thanks public for support

Source: 1News

Chris Cairns' family have issued a statement this afternoon confirming the New Zealand cricket great is in hospital and thanking people for their support.

Man of the Match Chris Cairns celebrates scoring the winning runs in the 50th over during the tri series ODI cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and South Africa, 19 January 2002, Gabba, Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT



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News broke last night that Cairns had been rushed to hospital in Canberra last week and was reportedly on life support.

In a statement this afternoon, wife Melanie Cairns gave further details on her husband's health.

"As has now been widely reported in the media, Chris suffered a major medical event in Canberra late last week," Melanie said. 

"He initially underwent surgery in Canberra, but the seriousness of his condition is such that he has now been transferred to St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney, where he has undergone further cardiovascular surgery."

News of Cairns' health prompted plenty of support to pour in for the family, including from Brendon McCullum. The former Black Caps captain having testified against the allrounder in a 2015 perjury trial about match fixing.

Melanie said the family was thankful for all the support they've received.

"Chris’ family and friends are heartened by the respectful and warm manner in which this terrible news has been reported, and received by the public, both in New Zealand and around the world, and thanks everyone for their warm wishes, prayers, and kind words," she said.

"For now, no further statements will be made regarding Chris’ situation, and the Cairns family asks that people continue to respect their privacy as they deal with this difficult, upsetting and concerning situation."

In a separate statement, a St Vincent's Hospital spokesperson said Cairns is in a "serious but stable condition in intensive care".