BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has been released from the rehabilitation hospital he has been in since Nov. 26.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Menino was seen leaving Spaulding Rehabilitation shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The mayor passed out chocolate lollipops to those gathered outside the hospital.

Mayor Menino passed out chocolate pops as he left the hospital. (CBS)

Mayor Menino passed out chocolate pops as he left the hospital. (CBS)

Menino told reporters he is feeling much better and that getting out of the hospital is the best Christmas gift of all.

“Being home with you family on Christmas – what else can anybody ask?” Menino told reporters.

The Mayor noted that his rehabilitation was made easier by all the support he received.

“I just want to thank everyone,” Menino said. “I’m really humbled by the prayers, the cards, the messages I’ve gotten over the last several weeks.”

Menino will be staying at the Parkman House for the time being because it has  elevators.

The 69-year-old Menino was first hospitalized Oct. 26 after cutting short a vacation in Italy because of a respiratory infection.

While at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he suffered a compression fracture in a vertebra in his spine and also was treated for a blood clot that moved from his leg to his lungs. He was also diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.


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