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'Worried sick' Ronan Keating says son Cooper is 'an absolute trooper” after hospital scare

"Not the 24hrs I had imagined. But ya never know what life has in store"


Cooper in hospital (from Ronan Keating Instagram)

Cooper in hospital (from Ronan Keating Instagram)

Cooper in hospital (from Ronan Keating Instagram)

Ronan Keating has described his son Cooper as “an absolute trooper” after the four-year-old was rushed to hospital. 

The Boyzone star said he and wife Storm were "worried sick" after the little lad was admitted with an unknown ailment.

The 44-year-old shared images on Instagram of Cooper in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask on as he paid tribute to his son.

“Not the 24hrs I had imagined. But ya never know what life has in store,” he wrote. “This little guy is an absolute trooper. I’m blown away with his strength and charm. Mum and Dad are a mess, worried sick, and he takes it in his stride.”

Thanking the medical team at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London, he added: “I am so incredibly grateful to the staff @chelwestft you guys rock!”

Ronan and model Storm are parents to Cooper, as well as a younger daughter Coco, born last year.

Ronan is also father to three other children - Jack, 22, Missy, 20, and Ali, 16 - from his previous relationship with Yvonne Connolly.

Speaking about her family previously, Storm recalled breaking down in tears when Ronan's daughter Ali questioned why she was “always working”.

Appearing on Loose Women in July, the former producer and director explained that at the time when she first started dating singer Ronan, she was working on The Voice UK.

“When I first met Ro I was very independent and adamant I would stay in the work place. When I moved to London I was working on The Voice UK and it was the first time I realised when children are involved sometimes your priorities have to shift,” Storm told the show.

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Storm first began dating Ronan in 2011 after meeting him while working on the Australian version of The X Factor.

They married four years later in August 2015. Cooper was born in April 2017 and they later welcome their daughter Coco in March last year, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Months after giving birth Storm was forced to have emergency spinal surgery and revealed how she is now required to undergo a full year of rehabilitation as she continues to recover.

Of her recovery Storm added: “My view definitely changed a lot since I had that scare. I’m still going through rehabilitation at the minute.

“I’m not 100 per cent 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.”

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