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Ric Flair Leaves Hospital In Good Spirits ... After Surgery

5/22/2019 10:03 AM PDT

Ric Flair Leaves Hospital In Good Spirits After Surgery

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10:03 AM PT -- The Nature Boy is speaking out for the first time since being rushed to the ER last week ... thanking the doctors and hospital staff for their help, as well as family and fans for showing support during his hospital stay.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ric Flair has just been discharged from the hospital after 7 days of treatment -- and he was wheeled out with a smile on his face!!!

Ric -- wearing a Ric Flair t-shirt (gotta love this guy!) -- was flanked by his wife, Wendy Barlow (in the WWE hat), as the 70-year-old wrestling legend was taken to his car to go home. 

As we previously reported, Flair was rushed to the hospital last week after experiencing a medical emergency. We're told Naitch was having trouble breathing.

Doctors initially postponed a surgical procedure due to complications but ultimately went forward with the operation on Monday. 

We were told the procedure was a success -- and the fact Flair was discharged from the hospital just 48 hours later is probably a good sign!!!

Ric had been having heart issues in the past few months -- and had undergone several procedures over the past few months. 

But, we're told he's been handling everything with a great attitude and has even been chatting up his famous friends who have called to check in over the past few days. 

Now, Ric will focus on his recovery at home ... and he clearly knows his fans (including The Miz) are rooting hard for him!!!

Originally published -- 8:51 AM PT

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