Karen S. Kim
BURBANK -- Paramedics rushed former Burbank City Councilman Ted
McConkey to the hospital Wednesday night, after the 71-year-old Burbank
resident felt a weakness in his left side and a numbness in his arms and
McConkey suffered from a transient ischemic attack, or "mini-stroke,"
but was released from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center on Thursday
"I'm tired, but being in a hospital will do that to you," McConkey
said from his home Thursday.
McConkey stopped by his doctor's office Wednesday after feeling some
symptoms of the attack and was given a CAT scan. Though the symptoms went
away later in the day, the weakness and tingling sensation returned
Wednesday night and caused McConkey to call the paramedics, he said.
McConkey served on Burbank's City Council from 1995 to 1999. Since
then, McConkey has been an avid campaigner for the Restore Our Airport
Rights initiative -- a measure to limit airport expansion that will
appear on a special Burbank election mail-in ballot in October.
After a few days of bed rest, McConkey is scheduled to receive some
minor surgery in his neck to remove sediment plugging his carotid
arteries, he said.
But the former councilman said he'll be back to campaigning for ROAR
as soon as possible.
"Tell all my fans and all my enemies that I'll be back and dressing up
for the debate of the ROAR initiative," he said. "I have to be because I
don't have much choice. My father lived to be 93, so I've got another 22
years left in me."