Former health minister George Smitherman released a statement Monday saying his family is “on the mend,” weeks after his husband was hospitalized after mysteriously disappearing for two days.

Smitherman – who once served as deputy premier and ran in Toronto’s last mayoral election, released a statement Monday morning thanking those that have supported him in the wake of the disappearance of his husband Christopher Peloso.

Peloso disappeared from the Smitherman family home Davenport Road and Bathurst Street on Sept. 9 and was then found near railway tracks in the city’s west end two days later.

At the time police said Peloso was found lying down in a fetal position near a fence by the tracks and was weak and groggy.

The reason for Peloso’s disappearance has never been publicly disclosed.

“To say it has been a tough time is of course a great understatement, but the upside has been this awesome outpouring, that in the midst of some very dark hours fortified me greatly,” the statement from Smitherman read. “Things are on the mend and the path will be tough but we know how many people are rooting for us and there's no doubt we will rely on those good wishes a lot.”

Peloso and Smitherman married in 2007 and have two children together.

Smitherman was Ontario’s first openly gay MPP.

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