With a gray plastic cast on his left foot, crutches under his arms, and an aide at his elbow, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo returned to the State House today, a week after he slipped on ice and broke his left ankle.
Walking gingerly in front of about 100 people, DeLeo slowly ascended to the podium in the State House’s Great Hall and accepted an award from a suicide prevention group.
“If I can give you one piece of advice, it’s this: don’t try to walk on ice,” he said. “Even if you’re speaker, it makes no difference.”
Speaking to reporters after the event, DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, said he will resume his full schedule this week but will need to keep his cast on for about six to eight weeks.
He said he broke his ankle on Feb. 7 when he went to take the trash out, and slipped on his ice-covered back deck. “I literally took one step and it just went under me,” he said.
He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, and treated and released that same day. DeLeo said he will need to return to the hospital Thursday for a follow-up X-ray, but has been told that he will not need surgery.
He said he was looking forward to talking about his injury with Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, who has been sidelined by surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his right leg.
“If he can get around on these things,” DeLeo said, hoisting his crutches, “then I can do it as well.”
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