Wrestling legend Ric Flair’s ‘miracle’ recovery
In this Sept. 22, 2007, file photo, wrestler Ric Flair addresses the media during a news conference at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Flair's representative said on Twitter Aug. 14, 2017, that Flair was dealing with some "tough medical issues." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Wrestling icon Ric Flair is off the mat and body-slamming the deadly health crisis that nearly killed him.
The 68-year-old Nature Boy’s fiancee wrote on Facebook that Flair is “doing very well” now after undergoing emergency surgery.
“I can honestly say I have witnessed a miracle,” Wendy Barlow wrote Monday night.
“He is doing very well for a man who has been through so much,” she said. “He will begin physical therapy shortly and will be stronger than ever and back out enjoying all the fans sooner than you would think.”
Flair — considered by many to be the best wrestler ever — went into the hospital with “severe abdominal pain” and had surgery to remove an intestinal blockage.
Doctors put the 16-time world champion into a medically-induced coma as they battled to save his life.
One of his handlers told TMZ that the storied grappler was “awake, communicating and progressing.”
Barlow said the surgery was not on Flair’s colon as widely reported but instead he had a portion of his bowel removed.
On Flair’s Twitter account, he wrote: “Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were. Natch WILL be back!”
Flair is the only person elected to the WWE Hall of Fame twice. Once for his own heroics in the squared circle and again for his work with the Four Horsemen.
Daughter Charlotte Flair is also one of the WWE’s brightest stars.
Flair will remain in hospital for the next few weeks. He is expected to make a full recovery.