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Ronan Keating's wife Storm leaves hospital after 'most frightening week of my life' as she marks daughter's birthday

RONAN Keating's wife Storm left hospital in time to celebrate her daughter's first birthday after "the most frightening week of her life".

The 39-year-old was rushed into emergency spinal surgery after being 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. 

Sharing a sweet video of Coco Knox Keating over music she made with Ronan, called As Long As We’re in Love, Storm said: "Happy 1st birthday to our little ray of sunshine.. our little Coco Bean.

"Today was an explosion of so many emotions for so many wonderful reasons.

"I love this girl with all my heart – what a spirit and what a sparkle. I’m so excited about the future ahead for this little firecracker, and the proudest mummy in the world.

"I love you Coco Knox Keating – unconditionally and always."

After a week in hospital, Storm was desperate to get home in time for Coco's celebrations.

And Ronan confirmed she'd made it back, when he posted pictures of their steak dinner.

He told fans: "Well that was a week I never want to live again to Have my Storm in hospital under the most extreme circumstances and not be able to see her and hold her hand and give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be ok was the toughest I have known I felt so helpless, her strength is insane.

"The care she received and the expertise was incredible thank you to Dr Aftab and all the team you got her home today, She is on the mend and I am so grateful.

"What a day to come home thank God she made it.So happy birthday to our Beany Bum. This little rascal has been the light in our darkest time.

"Born in lockdown and now we celebrate your first birthday under the same terms but you never stop smiling and loving all around you. Thank you Coco for all you are and all you make us.

"We are so lucky to have you in our lives. Let’s Pop a bottle raise a glass and celebrate living."

Describing her ordeal, alongside a picture of her in hospital, the mum-of-two explained:  “It’s been a long and trialling week, the most frightening week of my life.”

She wrote: “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 went on to thank her doctor, saying that without him she “would not be walking out of this hospital with the prospects of leading the normal life I had always envisioned I would.”

She continued: “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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