Ronan Keating discusses how he reacted to wife's surgery
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Ronan Keating, 44, was very excited for Christmas this year after going through the “scariest experience of my life” with his wife Storm Keating and their youngest son, Cooper. The singer has recalled the last year in a new interview.
It was frightening.
Ronan has a total of five children from two relationships, with his two youngest children from his marriage to Storm.
After two family health scares in one year, the singer could not wait for Christmas to come around so he could spend quality time with those he loves most.
He faced the “scariest experience of my life” in March when wife Storm was left temporarily paralysed with a rare spinal cord condition that could have left her unable to walk again.
To top this off, two months ago, the couple had to rush their four year old son Cooper to hospital with what was reported as a “mystery illness”.
The One Show host said his heart broke when he watched his “little fella” in distress.
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “It was frightening. You’d give anything to get them back and healthy.
“You’d sacrifice anything to make sure your kids are OK.
“I’ve been through the process of going to A&E, and spending four hours in the waiting room, then spending two nights in the hospital, my heart just breaking, their little faces on oxygen.
“He just had a respiratory thing and was fine. It wasn’t anything serious in the end but it was serious enough that we had to go to A&E.
“The staff were fantastic, the way they look after the kids. But what us parents have to go through, it breaks your heart.
“We’re lucky, we’ve five great healthy kids, but especially at this time of year and after the year we’ve had, any little cough and you’re paranoid, it’s scary.”
Ronan welcomed his youngest Coco just four days into the first lockdown in March 2020.
But he says being stuck at home also meant he was able to share more in the first couple of years than his other kids.
As well as Cooper, he has three children with his first wife Yvonne Connolly – son Jack, 22, and daughters Missy, 20 and Ali, 16.
Recently, Ronan was able to draw upon his hospital experiences when he visited one of the UK’s 12 Ronald McDonald Houses and met other families.
He also launched a playground made from recycled Happy Meal toys at the charity’s 59-bedroom house at Evelina Children’s Hospital in Central London, something that is close to his heart.
For the past five years Ronan and his wife have been building a zero carbon home, with the house harvesting its own rainwater and waste.
He said: “I’ve spent a lifetime flying around the world and I’m not proud of that, it came with the territory of my job.
“So now I’m trying to make a difference as best I can with our home.”
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