Mayor Thomas M. Menino, whose unrelenting health woes prompted him to announce two weeks ago that he would not seek reelection, broke a bone in his right leg Friday and will undergo surgery.
The 70-year-old Menino had seemed buoyant in recent weeks, at peace with his decision to leave office and living at home again in Readville after five months in hospitals and the Parkman House, a city-owned mansion with an elevator where he had convalesced after a serious illness.
On Friday morning, Menino went to the Lee School in Dorchester to see an art exhibition for Autism Awareness month. The mayor was walking with his cane when he twisted his right ankle on his way into the school and fell to the ground, said his spokeswoman, Dot Joyce.
Menino left the school and was driven to City Hall, where he put ice on his ankle, Joyce said. It continued to radiate pain, so the police officers in his security team drove him to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Joyce said.
Menino fractured his fibula — one of the bones of the lower leg — and will have surgery Saturday to implant a plate and screws to set his leg. His spokeswoman said Menino’s fracture happened in the lower fibula, which forms part of the ankle joint. The fibula is the smaller of the two long bones in the leg.
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