Ric Flair’s health scare was one of the biggest stories in wrestling last year. On the most recent edition of The Steve Austin Show, Flair revealed in more detail than ever before just how dire his medical situation was.
Ric Flair Health Scare
“I don’t remember anything for two months,” Flair said. “I was in a coma for twelve days, ICU for thirty-one days. I had kidney failure, respiratory and heart failure, I was septic, and I had pneumonia.”
“I lost forty-three pounds. It’s a miracle, Steve,” Flair said.
“Twelve days in a coma, thirty-one days in intensive care, then I had to go over to a rehab facility to learn how to walk, starting from scratch, and I never had any memory of anything,” Flair said.
“Obviously I’ve been told, and it’s been filled in for me, but I don’t remember one person that came to see me. From Michael Hayes, to Ricky Steamboat, to Hulk Hogan, people came from all over to see me. I don’t remember any of it.”
Flair added that even when he returned home from the rehab facility, he was still out of sorts. “They wouldn’t give me my cell phone because every time I said something to someone, it was crazy. Hunter said please don’t let him talk on his cell phone because every time I try to make sense with him, it’s out there.”
Flair says that he had a difficult time coming to grips with what happened to him at first. “I would sit in a chair all day and worry about dying,” Flair said. “After learning how sick I was, I wondered why of all people I was still there and somebody else wasn’t.”
Now that he is more than a year past his ordeal, Flair has a more positive outlook on his crisis.
“I literally look at it as a miracle. The doctor told me it was a miracle. And after I look back, and came to realize what took place, it is a miracle. I’m great now. I feel like a million dollars.”
Ric Flair & Alcohol
Flair says that while alcohol abuse may have been to blame for his health crisis, he has very sparingly had drinks on three social occasions over the last year.
“It’s not the alcohol that’s going to kill me,” Flair said. “The doctors are afraid that if I had one, it’ll lead to another, and that will never happen.”
Later in the show, Flair discusses his 2019 appearance schedule, his appearance at Starrcade this past weekend, and how Charlotte is doing in WWE these days. The first part of the show can be found below. The full episode can be found here.
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