Storm Keating was admitted to hospital for a prolapsed disc but things escalated quickly when the mum was diagnosed with a debilitating condition that causes loss of sensation, incontinence and paralysis

Storm Keating has revealed how she was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on her spine after being diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome.
The mum said she was initially taken to hospital for a prolapsed disc for which doctors said she would need ‘surgical intervention’ before the situation quickly escalated.
A doctor who was treating Storm, 39, realised she was suffering with cauda equina syndrome – a severe type of spinal stenosis which causes compression in the lower nerves leading to loss of sensation, incontinence and paralysis if not treated immediately.
Speaking about her ordeal on Instagram, Storm said in had been the most terrifying week of her life.
Storm Keating detailed with followers the ‘worst week of her life’ as she revealed if it wasn’t for a quick-thinking doctor she could be paralysed (Image: Instagram)
The Australian fashion designer – who shares two children with pop star Ronan Keating – said she wouldn’t wish what she has been through on anyone.
She began: ” ‘Its 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 required emergency surgery and has been unable to see her loved ones owing to covid restrictions (Image: Instagram)
Storm said she was stabilising in hospital when doctors discovered she had cauda equina compression/ syndrome for which she needed emergency spinal surgery to avoid permanent damage.
“If it wasnt 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,” Storm revealed.
Sharing her thanks to the hospital staff, Storm said : “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.”
The mum then said her youngest child Coco turns one tomorrow and she can’t wait to get home and be with her family.
Storm said she is desperate to make it home in time for her youngest daughter Coco’s first bithday (Image: Internet Unknown)
“It couldnt 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 cant wait to get home and see you!!!!”
Storm finished her post: “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, its 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 youre not paying attention or if youre ignoring your body.
“Im very lucky but I wouldnt wish what Ive been through on anyone. We share our highs on Insta but sometimes its good to share our lows too. This has been one of mine ”
Ronan’s family Jack, Cooper, Ronan, wife Storm, and daughters Missy and Ally (Image: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Storm and Boyzone singer Ronan met in September 2012 when they were working on The X Factor Australia.
They tied the knot in Scotland in 2015 and announced a year later they were expecting their first child; son Cooper who is now three.
Ronan also has three children with his ex-wife Yvonne Connolly; Jack, 21, and daughters Missy, 19, and Ali, 15.