Cricket: Former Black Caps star Chris Cairns receives shock cancer diagnosis

Chris Cairns in rehabilitation after suffering a life-threatening heart attack. Photo/Instagram

Former Black Caps star Chris Cairns has suffered another major health blow, revealing he is now battling bowel cancer.

Cairns was only released from hospital last week almost five months after suffering a life-threatening heart attack and paralysis in August last year.

And now the former cricketer has been told he has bowel cancer, being diagnosed during a routine checkup.

“I was told yesterday that I had bowel cancer…a big shock and not what I expected,” Cairns posted on social media.

“So as I prepare for another round of conversations with surgeons and specialists, I keep reminding myself of how lucky I am to be here in the first place…and how lucky I am to to have everything I do in my life.

“This week wasn’t too bad either, I managed to play sports for the kids and celebrate Noah’s birthday at home.

“Another fight to come, but hopefully this one will be a quick and finished top cut in the first round.”

The Cairns heart attack last year resulted in an aortic dissection or tear in the inner layer of the body’s main artery and the 51-year-old had to undergo emergency surgery as a result.

However, during the rescue operation, Cairns suffered a spinal stroke, resulting in paralysis of both legs.

Cairns was recovering at a special rehabilitation center at the University of Canberra in Australia and shared her recovery journey through her social media. And on Friday night, Cairns revealed he had finally been able to return home.

“A bittersweet farewell. After 141 days in hospital at UniCanberra Hospital, I am finally going home for good,” Cairns wrote.

“Thanks again to the amazing staff. The next phase starts on Monday as an outpatient at Brindabella. I look forward to working with the team.”