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Ronan Keating’s wife Storm, 39, has opened up on her terrifying health ordeal, which saw her rushed to hospital for emergency spinal surgery as she had a “very bad prolapsed disc”.
However, the situation became much more serious when Storm, who is a mum-of-two, was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome.
Cauda equina syndrome is a rare and severe type of spinal stenosis where all the nerves in the lower back become severely compressed. It can lead to loss of sensation, incontinence and paralysis if not treated immediately.
Storm shared a lengthy post to her Instagram in which she detailed her ordeal, alongside a picture taken from her hospital bed in which her hospital bracelet can be seen on her wrist and she wears a hospital gown.
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She wrote: “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. Whilst stabilising in hospital however, this then escalated to Cauda Equina Compression/ Syndrome which required emergency spinal surgery to avoid permanent damage.”
Storm thanked the incredible team of doctors who took care of her as she continued to write: “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.
“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."
Addressing husband Ronan and their children, Storm wrote: “My little girl turns one year old tomorrow and I can’t wait to get home to her (just in time!) and to my amazing family who have been supporting each other and holding the fort together in my absence this last week.
"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!!!!
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“Finally I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone for your well wishes this last week, they filled me with strength and courage. 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 curve ball 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.”
Many of Storm’s fans and celeb pals commented underneath her post to wish her well in her recovery.
Australian Storm married Boyzone star Ronan in 2015, after meeting in 2012 while they were both working on the Australian X Factor.
The pair are parents to son Cooper and daughter, Coco, while Ronan is also dad to daughters Missy, 19, and Ali, 15, and son Jack, 21 with his ex-wife Yvonne Connolly.
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