SNP candidate Danus Skene has been taken into hospital in Aberdeen, just three months short of the Scottish parliamentary elections.
Mr Skene is said to be making “steady progress” following surgery and his family and friends are hopeful of a full recovery.
The local branch of the SNP says Mr Skene, who became ill shortly after returning from a trip to Kenya, will remain as the party’s candidate in the Holyrood elections.
Convener of SNP Shetland, Robbie McGregor, said everyone within the party wished him a speedy recovery.
“As far as I’m concerned, Danus is still the candidate and we look forward to him winning the seat for the SNP.
In a prepared statement, Mr McGregor said: “Danus is currently in hospital in Aberdeen following successful surgery. He is making steady progress and his family are hopeful of a complete recovery.
“Danus has recently returned from a trip to Kenya and became ill shortly after he arrived back in this country.”