Ric Flair has recalled being only a 5% chance of survival during a serious health scare back in 2017.
In August 2014, Ric Flair underwent surgery to remove a section of his bowel. However, the surgery led to number of complications including kidney failure.
The severity of the situation meant that Flair was in a coma for 31 days and during that period, was on life support for 13 of those days.
Speaking during a recent appearance on The Pivot Podcast with Ryan Clarke, the Nature Boy recalled waking up from the coma. Flair explained that he was given only a 5% chance of survival and WWE even created a memorial video package in anticipation of his passing.
“31 days later, I woke up in the ICU,” Flair recalled. “For 13 days I was on life support. I had no memory for six months. I could remember going forward, but I had no memory of the past. They wrote me off. I was operated on Monday morning. The WWE made a package because it was, like, a 5% chance that I would make it through it. It makes you re-evaluate everything. But at the end of the day, I still think that if you’re not hurting anybody, and you’re certainly not being malicious, I don’t think it’s wrong to have fun. I’m not going to stop.”
Continuing on, Flair revealed that he spent the next 12 months worrying every day that he was going to die. However, he has since switched his mindset and is again focused on having fun and enjoying his life.
“I spent a year worrying that I was going to die every day. Once you’ve been that sick, I mean, all you do, and it’s kind of like getting over that anxiety, then you start feeling more comfortable. Then I had one beer, and one champagne, and then two beers and then a couple of years now and drinking the vodka once in a while. I guess the best way to put it is there’s nothing left for me to do. I’m going to have fun. My family is all in a good place.”
Despite being 73-years-old Ric Flair recently shared a clip of himself working out in the ring with Jay Lethal, in an attempt to fire back at critics who suggested that he could no longer perform in the ring.
H/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.