Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has been put on life support after suffering an aortic dissection in his heart and falling severely ill in Canberra, Australia last week. An Aortic dissection happens when a tear occurs in the inner layer of the bodyâ€™s main artery.
Cairns, 51, had undergone several operations after suffering an aortic dissection but had not responded to treatment as hoped, Newshub reported. An aortic dissection is a tear in the bodyâ€™s main artery.
Cairns is a right-hand batter and fast-medium bowler. He is counted as amongst one of the best all-rounders to play the game of cricket and his ability to hit big sixes and even open the bowling set him apart from others of his era.
He was featured in 62 Test matches, 215 one-day internationals, and two T20Is for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. He was also featured in 1992, 1996, 1999, and 2003 World Cups for New Zealand and has played a vital role in New Zealand winning their first-ever ICC trophy in the 2000 ICC Knockout Tournament in Kenya.