Ric Flair Recalls Being On Life Support For 13 Days

Ric Flair

Wrestling legend Ric Flair has discussed the time he was given a 5% chance of survival after being in a coma for 31 days, including 13 of those on life support.

After undergoing surgery to remove a section of his bowel, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair ended up suffering from multiple complications which included kidney failure.

During this time, Flair spent 31 days in a coma, with 13 of those so severe that he was put on life support, at which point he was given just a 5% chance of survival.

Speaking during a recent appearance on The Pivot Podcast with Ryan Clarke, Ric Flair discussed what happened during that time, including how WWE already had a memorial package produced in preparation for his passing.

31 days later, I woke up in the ICU. 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.

Flair continued to put a positive spin on the situation, commenting that whilst he spent a year preparing for the worst he has now changed his mindset and is focused once again on enjoying 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.

Ric Flair also spoke earlier this year of how he is no longer in contact with Triple H.

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