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
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