Storm Keating has spoken about undergoing emergency surgery on her back, saying it has changed the way she looks at life.

In March, the Australian fashion designer, who is married to Ronan Keating, was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery on her spine.

In an interview with OK! magazine, the 39-year-old has now spoken about the terrifying ordeal.

She said: "It started off as a severely prolapsed disc, that kept getting worse. I was warned that surgical intervention was needed.

"But I wanted to explore all the natural options. I had a steroid injection which I thought was working, but it was just masking the injury while it kept escalating. I was rushed to the hospital because I couldn't move. I was in so much pain, I couldn't breathe properly."

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She continued: "Once I was in the hospital stabilising, I was in there for three days and then woke up on the fourth. By then the condition had kicked into cauda equina syndrome. That's when it becomes a medical emergency as paralysis kicks in.

"We had a very small window for them to operate and decompress the nerves otherwise you lose the use of your legs, bladder and bowels."

The fashion designer said it has changed the way she looks at life.

"Your whole life can change just like that," she said. "It was just from being a bit ignorant and it's not worth it.

"I'm still not 100% better and I’m going through rehabilitation. The programme I’m doing might be something I have to do for the rest of my life."

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Storm shares four-year-old son Cooper and one-year-old daughter Coco with the Boyzone singer, who is also father to Jack, 22, Missy, 20, and Ali, 15, from his previous marriage.

She described home life as "manic", saying they have a "very full family and busy household", but credited her husband with being a huge support throughout this difficult time.

She said: "Ronan is possibly one of the most hands-on dads I've ever known in my life. He does everything.

"Especially at the minute...He’s taken on everything from the cooking and the cleaning, the nap times, bed and bath times – he’s unbelievable."

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When asked about the secret to their happy marriage, she said: "We are just meant to be. It’s two hearts that are completely in love. We adore each other.

"We’ve been through trials and tribulations. But 10 years of being together and I think we could get through everything."