Ric Flair has revealed new details on his recent hospitalization, admitting that he’d been drinking heavily in the days leading up to his emergency.
The Nature Boy has always been a drinker, but according to a recent episode of The School Of Morton podcast, Flair had been partying and boozing hard for days before he was rushed to hospital with a suspected intestinal blockage.
"I had been drinking ... shocker, yeah,” Ric said. “A friend of mine came in town from Dallas and we had been out all day the day before (the emergency) and again in the morning before I flew back."
Later that same day, Flair “got a really sharp pain” in his stomach. “I knew the pain. That was very similar to the pain I had the last time,” Flair said, referring to an earlier, far less severe hospitalization.
Flair was rushed to the hospital where doctors actually told him he’d suffered an intestinal rupture - likely exasperated by the massive amounts of alcohol he drank mere hours before. Things only got worse from there, as shortly after being admitted to the emergency room Flair fell unconscious as his kidneys and heart started failing.
As a last-ditch effort to save his life, doctors placed Flair in a medically induced coma. “I stayed in that and on life support for 11 days. I don’t remember any of it. I just dreamt.”
Given only 20 percent odds of survival, Flair was very nearly given the three count of his life.
Miraculously, the 68-year-old survived his ordeal but would spend months in convalescence. “I had to learn how to walk again. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t twist the top off a Gatorade bottle or open a diet coke I lost forty-three pounds.”
In addition, doctors were forced to remove a portion of Flair’s bowels and insert a pacemaker.
Months after his ordeal, Flair is well on the road to recovery but admits that his brush with death has finally driven him away from alcohol for good.
Flair closed with some good life advice for everyone. “For me I would say make the most of every day. When you come close to losing that opportunity it makes you realize all the more how lucky you are to have that opportunity. So make the most of every day.”