Storm Keating has said she will be in rehabilitation for the next year as she recovers from emergency surgery on her spine.

In March, the Australian fashion designer, who is married to Boyzone star Ronan Keating, was rushed to hospital with a "very bad prolapsed disc".

It then escalated to Cauda Equina Compression Syndrome which required emergency spinal surgery to avoid permanent damage.

She said she has a long road ahead of her as she recovers from the operation, telling The Mirror: "You've got to give the nerves 12 months post-surgery.

"It’s a long time to wait but between now and then I’m on a rigorous programme that will ease up as I get stronger."

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

She opened up about the support of her family since her surgery, saying: "I don't know how we would have got through this speed bump if it wasn’t for having the support of Ronan, Jack and Missy.

"My view on life has definitely changed a lot since I had that scare."

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The 39-year-old fashion designer spoke about how she felt post-operation, sharing: "It wasn't until the surgeon said it was a success that I broke down. Then I had a couple of weeks with waves of emotions.

"You start to panic. You realise what your life would’ve looked like and that I wouldn’t have been able to drive to school, or gone on holidays. All these thoughts go through your head."

Her outlook on life has changed "100%". "My view definitely changed a lot since I had that scare", she said. "I’m still going through rehabilitation at the minute.

"I’m not 100% perfect, but I’m very guilty of never making time for myself. I don’t have a good balance. But now I believe you can’t ignore your body. You’ve got to make time and look after yourself."