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Barry Out of Intensive Care

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been upgraded and moved from intensive care to a regular room, his doctor said this afternoon.

"He's doing very well, we transferred him this morning," said Clive O. Callender, who performed a kidney tansplant on the former mayor on Friday.

Barry may be discharged from Howard University Hospital possibly as early as Thursday, said Ron Harris, a hospital spokesman.

Barry's donor, Kim Dickens, 47, also remains in recovery, Harris said.

"She's doing fine and could be released as early as tomorrow," he said.

Dickens is a native Washingtonian who has known Barry for more than a decade.

Barry had been on dialysis for several months, after hypertension and diabetes wore down his kidneys, he has said.

A spokeswoman for Barry, Natalie Williams, said she expects Barry and Dickens to speak to media later this week.

Hamil R. Harris

By Marcia Davis  |  February 23, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Please Mr Barry, stay off the booze and coke-you only have one kidney! And one liver.

Posted by: JoePantes | February 23, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Will he pay his taxes now and go to jail like the rest of us would for such crimes, including smoking crack and more than likely coking. We know he is a drinker. For shame and he received a kidney. He only deserved dialysis and he should of had to pay for it.

Posted by: zcxnissan | February 23, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

To Joe Pantes/zcxnissan

How low of you two to say something so insensitive, like you never made mistakes, nobody is perfect. Why let your ignorance show? Get a grip!

Posted by: veholland | February 23, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse


Absolutely right! Thank goodness for the "crack" team of doctors, not to mention the bit$h who set him up with a new kidney.

Posted by: hisroc | February 23, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Insensitive? You don't suppose that Mr. Barry deserves some of the blame for all the bad things he's done? I think he should be more sensitive about breaking the law.

As for the kidney, even if he broke the law, don't you suppose he should still get a chance at life? We can't decide life based on how we feel about someone.

Posted by: nowayname | February 23, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse


Good point there about the kidney. I hope that the rest of Hizzoner's hospital stay won't be too taxing.

Posted by: hisroc | February 23, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of hating out there. Let try to spread a little love.

As for Mr. Barry taxes, I have not heard anyone trying to send those people the President nominated that did not pay taxes to jail. What up with that.

Posted by: lholeman | February 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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