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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/23/2009

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  |  01:15 PM ET, 02/23/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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