Two and a half weeks following life-saving surgery, 16-time world heavyweight wrestling champion Ric Flair appears to be on the road to recovery.

In what might be the mat icon’s most impressive rally ever in a star-studded career that has featured scores of comebacks, Flair’s once dire medical prognosis continues to improve.

It’s nothing short of a miracle, Flair’s fiancée, Wendy Barlow, said Wednesday. “From where we were to where we are today, it’s been remarkable,” said Barlow, who hopes that the two-time WWE Hall of Famer will be moved to physical therapy by this weekend.

She also credits a top-notch medical team with facilitating Flair’s progress. “We couldn’t have had any better medical care. They have been great the entire time,” she said.

Flair was hospitalized in Atlanta earlier this month with severe abdominal pain. He was forced to undergo surgery to relieve an intestinal blockage in which a portion of his bowel was removed.

Following an initial week of grave concern regarding Flair’s condition, during which time he was listed in critical condition in the wake of reported failing organs and emergency surgery in which he was given a 20 percent chance of survival, Flair has responded favorably to additional medical procedures.

Flair’s daughter, four-time WWE women’s champion Charlotte Flair (Ashley Fliehr), also reported that her dad is doing “much better.”

“It’s probably the hardest two weeks I’ve had,” she told “But my dad’s a fighter … he’s got nine lives. He has a long road. I’m not saying that he’s going to be back next week strutting. But definitely the prayers and the positive vibes help.”

Barlow also expressed her appreciation for the many fans who have shown their support for the Nature Boy.

“Ric will be stronger than ever and back out enjoying all the fans sooner than you would think,” she posted on Facebook. “I can honestly say I have witnessed a miracle.”

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