(FOX 25 /MyFoxBoston.com) – The elections are front and center, but the health of longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is not far behind.
Mayor Menino has been recovering at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after being hospitalized for a viral infection, as well as a blood clot he sustained during a return flight from Italy.
Pleased with Menino's progress, doctors at the hospital told FOX 25's Crystal Haynes that he is recovering well from a blood clot, virus, and cough. The mayor's trip left him extremely weak and caused severe pain in his low back which led to a compression fracture in his spine.
Dr. Dale Adler, the vice chair of the department of medicine at the hospital, told The Boston Globe that Menino is "doing well…and has gotten much better, stronger."
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn said everyone is pulling for him.
"He's had so many recurring problems over the years. It's a tough thing to deal with when you want to be active in capacity as mayor, so I know how he feels. And I know everybody's hoping for the best," Flynn said.
A discharge date has not been set, but the mayor's office said Menino is in great spirits and in constant contact with city leaders.
Last week, Menino held regular conference calls with staffers during Sandy, and he signed the city council's redistricting map after rejecting two other versions.
During his five terms in office, Menino, 69, has had multiple knee surgeries and is dealing with an ongoing battle with skin cancer.
Before leaving for his trip in October, the mayor started wearing sneakers because of poor circulation in his feet.
In June, the mayor fell at a ribbon cutting with City Councilor Charles Yancey; however, after each incident, Menino kept working to keep Boston on track.