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Barry Donor Goes Home From Hospital

Kim Dickens, the 47-year-old woman who donated a kidney to D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), has been discharged from Howard University Hospital.

A Howard spokesman said the donor was discharged shortly before noon Tuesday, four days after undergoing a six-hour procedure. Dickens is a District native who has known Barry for more than a decade.

When he told a small group of friends that he needed a kidney, Dickens was among those who got tested. A day after learning she was a match, she called Barry in tears to alert him, a spokeswoman for the council member has said.

Though some media outlets have reported that Barry could go home as early as today, his spokesperson said the former mayor is likely to remain at Howard for several more days.

"One day at a time," Barry said through his spokeswoman Natalie Williams.

Hamil R. Harris

By Marcia Davis  |  February 25, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
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It's just unbelievable. This guy has had drinking problems, drug problems, yet he gets a kidney. Meanwhile, decent people die for lack of a kidney. Life is defnitely NOT fair.

Maybe now he'll finally have time to file his taxes on time for a change.

Posted by: swissmiss150 | February 25, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Someone unrelated donated a kidney to Barry? What is he-- a cult leader or deity of some kind? He sent out word to all his worshippers that he's looking for a kidney, and she cries tears of joy when she finds out she's a match?! Unbelievable.

Posted by: forgetthis | February 25, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Well deserving and many thanks to the donor. When will the unhappy and uncaring move on and stop throwing stone. Sure mistakes are made and Mr. Barry is only human. Stop getting on him for a lapse in judgement. As we recently observed, even those in much higher positions have similar lapses and don't file their taxes. Let's remember one for their many accomplishments.

Posted by: howard14 | February 25, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

lapse in judgment? that's an understatement with his history of drugs, alcohol and women

Posted by: carol217 | February 25, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Did the local crack dealer pay the donor to donate the kidney? I don't know how Barry's body could accept something that's not pickled.

Posted by: justhere | February 25, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Much as some may hurt to hear this: Marion Barry has done more to keep DC from burning to the ground than any individual in the last 45 years. Yes, he had drug problems. He had drinking problems. He had woman problems. Yes, he went to jail for crack. And Lord knows what else he's done we DON'T know about. But there is a legion of people in DC who worship the ground he walks on. He's one of them. And he made it...with absolutely nothing. He was a poor black kid from Memphis who settled in DC just before Resurrection City. He worked hard--not just for civil rights--but to motivate others. Perhaps not smart, academically, but smart when it comes to connecting with people. I hope Marion Barry, despite his faults, will live out his twilight years with some semblance of respect and dignity; taxes notwithstanding...

Posted by: shnewsman | February 25, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Kim Dickens, you will certainly be blessed for helping out Marion Barry; and I am sure he is not the only person you have helped. Marion, being the person he is did indeed deserve the kidney and God blessed him to get it.

Best to you Barry

Earline Simons-Bullock

Posted by: esimons1 | February 25, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks so much Kim for giving DC's Mayor For Life another chance of living life!

Posted by: denisebenn | February 25, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

To all the "Haters", you should only hope that someone thinks that much of you to offer you a kidney. Have you done anything worthy of receiving one, or anything else, for that matter? Why is it that we always look at the negatives of a person when there is also so much good? Would you prefer that this story ended in mortality? Even Jesus helped people who were unworthy ... who are you? Stop hatin'

Posted by: wannabe | February 25, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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