NZ cricket great Chris Cairns walks without crutches for first time in major recovery milestone

  • 08/04/2024
Chris Cairns walks without crutches.
Chris Cairns walks without crutches. Photo credit: Instagram/@chriscairns2021

NZ cricket great Chris Cairns has shared his latest milestone on his road to recovery.

Cairns took to social media on Monday to post a video showing him walking for the first time without crutches, as he continues his rehabilitation from a heart attack suffered.

In August 2021, he suffered a major heart attack at his Canberra home and was transferred to intensive care at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital.

He became paralysed from the waist down, after suffering a stroke during surgery and six months later, he revealed he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer during a routine check-up.

The 53-year-old has since undergone four open-heart surgeries and has since used crutches and a wheelchair to get around.

"Believing…always believing…c-brace," Cairns wrote in the caption accompanying the video.

Cairns - who has been regularly sharing his progress via social media - added the captions "steady as she blows old boy" and "just keep f**king going going every day".

Cairns played 279 matches for New Zealand across test, one-day and Twenty20 formats during his 17-year international career.

After his retirement, he rejected accusations of match-fixing and successfully sued former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi for libel.