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Mayor Menino’s history of health issues

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino visited Fenway Park in April 2012 wearing a walking boot and using crutches.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who became mayor in 1993 at age 50, has been hospitalized more than a dozen times over the past two decades. Here are some of the medical issues he has faced.

March 1995 - Treated for kidney stones during a three-day hospital stay.

1997 - Hospitalized for four days as he is again treated for a kidney stones. After the treatment, he was instructed to stay away from red meat and other foods that contain high amounts of uric acid.

July 2003 - Undergoes surgery to remove a growth on his back that turned out to be a rare form of cancer - dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, which affects only one out of 200,000 people.


March 2004 - Hospitalized after being diagnosed with intestinal inflammation.

August 2004 - Treated for Crohn’s disease, a painful intestinal condition.

October 2008 - Undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair cartilage torn when he slipped during a Red Sox championship rally the previous fall.

November 2009 - Severs a tendon in his left knee while walking up the stairs at his son’s house five days after he winning reelection to a fifth term.

November 2010 - Spends Thanksgiving in the hospital after getting a skin infection after scraping his elbow in the shower of an Italian hotel room.

December 2010 - Undergoes surgery for a partial tendon tear in his right knee.

February 2012 - Breaks a toe on his left foot, forcing him to wear a protective boot for several weeks.

August 2012 - Had surgery to repair drooping eyelids, a medical condition that has slowly obscured his vision over the past decade and is most likely a consequence of age.

October 2012 - Was admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with an upper respiratory infection and a blood clot that traveled from his leg to his lungs. While in the hospital, Menino suffered a compression fracture in his spine, and remained hospitalized into November.


November 2012 - After more than five weeks in a hospital, Menino was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The announcement by Menino’s doctor came the same day he was transferred from Brigham and Women’s to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to begin the rehab process from a fracture in his lower back.

February 2013 - Menino returned to the fifth-floor office at City Hall for the first time in a while, as he recovered from a variety of illnesses while living at the Parkman House, a city-owned Greek Revival mansion on Beacon Hill.

March 2013 - After a three-month stay while recuperating from a series of illnesses, Menino moved out of Parkman House, and returned to his modest Cape-style home in the Readville section of Hyde Park.

Late March 2013 - Menino announces he will not run for a sixth mayoral term, saying his health has kept him from maintaining a schedule of back-to-back events and neighborhood visits around the city.

April 2013 - Mayor Menino breaks his right leg when he twisted his ankle and fell. He had a plate and screws implanted to set the fibula.

February 2014: The 71-year-old former mayor was diagnosed months after leaving office with an advanced form of cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes. “My attitude really is, we’ll get through it,” Menino said. “We got through the [illnesses in 2012], we’ll get through this. I have great doctors and supportive friends.”