Ronan Collins reveals he was ‘terrified’ following recent health scare

Ronan Collins

Ronan Collins has revealed the affects a recent health scare had on him, as he opened up on The Late Late Show last night.

The legendary broadcaster lost the power in one of his legs, which led him to discover a spinal injury that required surgery immediately.

The 64-year-old’s story will be told in upcoming RTE series Trauma, but he revealed to Ryan Tubridy that he feared the worst.

“It was all pretty positive because you’re surrounded by positive people although they admitted they didn’t know what it was until eventually I had an MRI scan which revealed this cyst on my spinal cord ,” he revealed.

“That was scary because you don’t believe them when they say it’s a cyst – you always think it’s going to be something worse.

“Is it going to be a tumour? Is this the end . . . ? But I sorted it out very quickly in my head. I said it’s not going to be the end, there’s no point in giving into it. I’m surrounded by positive people and they reckon they can do something with it. Yes there’s a chance it mightn’t work but which chance to do you take?


Ronan Collins and Red Hurley
Ronan Collins and Red Hurley

“I had the operation. There was no pain at all. It was a paralysis and that was scary because I have two grandchildren now and that was the scariest part, I’m not going to be able to chase around after them   . . . ” he continued.

“They needed to do the operation in ten to 12 hours because if the paralysis persisted much longer than that they wouldn’t be able to reverse it.”

We wish Ronan all the best in his recovery!


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