Former Southland district mayor Frana Cardno has been admitted to Dunedin Hospital after falling ill during an overseas trip to visit family and friends.
Cardno arrived in Sydney from the United States on June 28 and sought medical attention because her complexion had become yellow. She was admitted to hospital and had two operations, supported by family members and friends, some of whom flew from New Zealand and the US to be with her.
Her condition stabilised enough to enable a transfer to New Zealand, accompanied by a nurse, on Tuesday.
She was immediately taken to Dunedin Hospital and is in an isolation ward where she will undergo tests.
Visitors are restricted.
As the longest continually-serving mayor in New Zealand, recognised in the 2014 New Year honours with a CNZM, Cardno has lived most of the past 20 years in the public eye.
She said she had been greatly touched by the messages and support she received as word of her illness spread but now asked for some privacy.
- The Southland Times
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