Storm Keating: Ronan Keating’s wife ‘rushed’ to hospital for emergency surgery

Loose Women: Ronan Keating and wife Storm discuss their family

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The Australian fashion designer took to her social media to inform fans of her hospitalisation on Saturday, fearing that if she hadn’t had surgery, she may not have walked out of the hospital. Storm, 39, described it as the “most frightening week” she has experienced.

The most frightening week of my life.

Ronan Keating’s wife was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome after being taken to the hospital, where she was admitted for a slipped disc.

After seeing doctors, she was told that she would need “surgical intervention” to fix the issue but her case worsened when medical staff noticed that she was suffering from cauda equina syndrome, which is severe spinal stenosis, when a blood vessel or valve narrows, causing a reduction in flowing blood.

Symptoms include loss of sensation, paralysis and incontinence if it’s not treated as quickly as possible.

Taking to her Instagram, Storm shared a picture of her hand with her hospital wristband and gown on full display.

In a candid post, she penned: “It’s been a long and trialling week, the most frightening week of my life.

“But I feel so utterly grateful to Dr Syed Aftab and all the amazing specialists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and aids at #CromwellHospital who have assisted me through this.

“On Saturday I was rushed in with what we already knew was a very bad prolapsed disc, which had more recently escalated to the point where it needed surgical intervention.”

The mum-of-two went on to add: “Whilst stabilising in hospital however, this then escalated to Cauda Equina Compression/ Syndrome which required emergency spinal surgery to avoid permanent damage.

“If it wasn’t for Dr Aftab and his acute diligence, care, attentiveness and skills, I would not be walking out of this hospital with the prospects of leading the normal life I had always envisioned I would.”

The London-based star went on to pen: “There are no words that will ever come close to describing my gratitude to you Syed, thank you.

“And to Georgia and all the wonderful nurses and healthcare assistants who wiped my tears, comforted my fears, cleaned me up and allowed me to keep my dignity in moments where I thought I would lose it… you are amazing human beings to do what you do, thank you.”

Australian-born Storm went on to add that she was beyond excited to get home for daughter Coco’s first birthday before thanking her “amazing family” who have supported her throughout the horrific ordeal.

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“It couldn’t have been easy and especially knowing the way my baby @rokeating worries! So baba, @jackrkeating and @missyykeating you are my heroes and I love you and I can’t wait to get home and see you!!!!”

While thanking her fans for their ongoing support, she wrote: “I hope that by sharing my story, it’s a small reminder for everyone to take care of your back!

“Many of us take our spine for granted and often our health too… but sometimes the unexpected can throw a real curveball if you’re not paying attention or if you’re ignoring your body.

“I’m very lucky but I wouldn’t wish what I’ve been through on anyone. We share our highs on Insta but sometimes it’s good to share our lows too. This has been one of mine.”

The comment section was instantly flooded with good wishes from celebrity friends, as well as fans.

The X Factor vocal coach Yvie Burnett commented: “My goodness Storm. Sending so much love. I have a disc that prolapses sometimes and it’s excruciating and debilitating for about 3 days when it happens so goodness knows what you went through. Thank goodness you are heading home.”

While Made In Chelsea’s Ashley James added: “Sending you so much love Storm. I’m so happy you were so well taken care of. Rest well, Darling.”

“Oh my, so sorry Storm. Sending you all so much love”, said Kirsty Gallacher.

Storm married Ronan in August 2015, having made their relationship official in August 2011 while they were working on The X Factor Australia, where Ronan sat as a judge and Storm worked as a producer.

The happy couple welcomed their first child, soon Cooper, three, in 2019 and then their daughter, Coco, in March 2020.

Ronan also shares three children with his former wife, Yvonne Connolly, son Jack, 21, and daughters Missy, 19, and Ali, 15.

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