Boston mayor out of hospital after lengthy stay
BOSTON (WHDH) -- After nearly two full months in the hospital, Boston Mayor Tom Menino is headed home in high spirits.
“I’m ready to run a marathon next April,” he said.
The mayor was joking with reporters, despite having dealt with some serious ailments including a blood clot, fractured spine, an upper respiratory infection, and now, he'll have to build up his leg muscles so he can walk comfortably again.
“First thing I’m gonna do at home? Sit in my big chair, and relax. Ever sit in a hospital bed? Most uncomfortable thing in the world,” said Mayor Menino.
Even while laid up in those uncomfortable hospital beds, he didn't disregard his duties as mayor.
When asked what he was most excited for in regards to running the city, he said, "the city kept on running when I wasn't there. I didn't see any problems, did you?”
The mayor, so grateful to be leaving the hospital he handed out chocolate. He was so happy to see everyone in the community. He was even happy to see the media.
“I have something for you guys, I didn’t come empty handed, ho ho ho, Santa Clause,” he laughed.
But Mayor Menino also got choked up when talking about Christmas, and said he's missed a lot by being in the hospital during the holiday season.
“Tomorrow I hope to be able to ride out to Bowdoin/Geneva and see the kids,” he said.
Mayor Menino will be staying at the Parkman House, on Beacon Hill, in part, because it's close to city hall.
He’ll continue his rehab at home and saidhe's also grateful for all the support he's received over the last few months.
“I want to thank everyone, I’m humbled by prayers cards messages I’ve gotten, I’ve got thousands of them, not just from Boston, from all over,” said Mayor Menino.