THE longest-serving councillor in Halton has undergone life-saving emergency surgery in a Turkish hospital after falling ill while on holiday.
The family of veteran council member Ted Gleave, who represents Riverside Ward in Widnes, is now negotiating with an insurance company over the cost of his treatment for the brain embolism and his son Wesley Gleave said the family expected him back in the UK tomorrow.
Mr Gleave said he hoped his father would have improved enough to avoid the need for further intensive care when he returns to Britain.
The 77-year-old, of Cholmondley Street, was taken to hospital while he was on holiday in Turkey with his wife Elsie.
He underwent two separate operations to treat the brain embolism.
The condition is caused when a blood clot becomes detached and moves throughout the circulatory system. Embolisms can block off the flow of blood to parts of the brain.
Cllr Gleave's illness has caused him to be delayed a further two weeks beyond his planned fortnight stay which should have ended in mid-April.
Cllr Tony McDermott, leader of Halton Borough Council, said: 'Ted Gleave has fallen ill while on holiday in Turkey. He has had two operations but he is still very poorly.
'Speaking on behalf of all the members from all the parties, we wish Ted a speedy recovery.
'He is the longest serving councillor in the borough and must have had 40 years of continuous service.'
Cllr Gleave's son Wesley told the Weekly News: 'We are in discussion with the insurance company and we hope things will be resolved quickly.
'At the moment we are looking for an intensive care bed, but he may have improved by then and we may not need that by Friday.
'It has not been easy for the family, but we are bearing up.'