Liverpool radio legend Billy Butler was admitted to hospital just before Christmas to be treated for a heart condition.
His son Lee Butler revealed the news on social media, along with a picture of Billy, who will celebrate his 80th birthday later this month.
The veteran broadcaster was famous among other things for his radio quiz show, Hold Your Plums.
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Lee Butler’s post read: “Thank you to all the nurses, doctors and surgeons on staff at Broadgreen Hospital for the incredible care they gave my dad.
“He was taken into care before Christmas because of his heart condition. He has now had his Trancatheter Aortic Valve Implantation and is home. Hold on plums daddy – Love ya x”
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI for short) is a minimally invasive procedure performed at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital located at the Broadgreen site.
This involves inserting a new valve without removing the old damaged valve.
Billy celebrated his 50th birthday on air last October. He began his career in guest slots on Radio Merseyside in 1971 and quickly became a favorite among listeners on Merseyside and beyond.
Billy, who lives in New Brighton, said at the time: ‘People have always known I’m approachable, and now obviously because I get along a lot of people come up to me and say ‘my mum used to always have you, every time I think of your name I think of Sunday afternoon dinner and Hold Your Plums.
“I went through the ages, it started with people saying ‘my mother is listening to you’ then it became ‘my grandmother is listening to you’ then my late mother, my late grandmother, it’s is passed down in the family.”
In 2018, Billy received the devastating news that his contract would not be renewed at Radio Merseyside for his long weekday afternoon show, which caused a storm of controversy among his many loyal listeners.
However, in 2020 it returned to broadcasting, with a regular weekend slot on the digital-only platform Liverpool Live Radio.