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Celebrating Release From Hospital Lands Barry Back in Hospital

For the second time in less than 24 hours, D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been released from Howard University Hospital.

This time, he and his doctor, say, it's for good -- so long as he avoids seafood.

After spending the week hospitalized for dehydration and a mild blood infection, Barry was sent home Monday evening about 5 p.m.

Barry and a group of friends decided to celebrate his release by going to dinner. Barry ordered the shrimp. A short time later, he says, his throat began to swell closed, his vision went blurry and his tongue went numb.

Barry, who was rushed back to the hospital late Monday night, said the episode scared him.

Once there, doctors performed an EKG and a CAT scan because they feared Barry was having a stroke or heart attack. But it was determined that Barry was suffering from a seafood allergy, his doctor, Clive Callender, said at a news conference this afternoon.

Barry said he never previously had allergies, but Callender said it's not uncommon for them to develop suddenly. Barry was released from the hospital at 2 p.m.

Barry, 73, underwent a kidney transplant in February, and said he was a prime example of "a living miracle."

He noted that he'd been shot before and had suffered from prostate cancer and diabetes, but said he felt fine and has no plans to retire from the Council.

"Some people seem to forget I am 73 years old," Barry said. "I am not 13 or 14 and nature takes it toll. ... But I want people to see I am still kicking, still fighting."

-- Tim Craig

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 13, 2009; 2:43 PM ET
Categories:  Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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Comments

"Shrimp set me up!"

Posted by: AlamosaPaul | October 13, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a string of bad luck!

Posted by: JaxB | October 13, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad our tax dollars are going to pay for the idiocy of this DC councilman and his inability to know of his own allergies. Seriously, this can't be the first time he's had seafood and suffered the consequences. This is why we need an "idiot clause" in any upcoming health care legislation to save us from people like this.

Posted by: df540148 | October 13, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Good one, AlamosaPaul!

Posted by: 7900rmc | October 13, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Barry must have 9 lives! Medical note: he is taking powerful immunosuppressives to prevent rejection of his transplant, and allergies that may have negligible symptoms normally become much more serious and dangerous when on those medications.

Posted by: coprogirl | October 13, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I am no Barry fan, but before you throw the idiot tag out there, perhaps you should know about what you write. Yes, this could be the first time that Barry reacted to shrimp. Allergies can occur at any time in life and just this suddenly and severe. As for the immunosuppressives he is on, they would be expected to blunt immune response and what they described he had is anaphylaxis. I might wonder if they tapered down his immunosuppressives while treating his recent infection and thus he had this severe allergic reaction to the shrimp.

Posted by: onthewaterfront | October 13, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

AlamosaPaul - LMAO!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 13, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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