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Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 10/12/2009

Marion Barry Released From Hospital

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward) 8 was released from Howard University Hospital Monday after a week of treatment for dehydration and a "mild infection," a Barry spokeswoman said.

Barry, 73, who had a kidney transplant in February, drove himself to Howard last Monday because he was not feeling well and was dehydrated. The following day, doctors moved him to the hospital's intensive care unit so he could also be treated for an infection. But Barry's friends and aides said his condition never appeared to be life threatening.

"Doctors say that it is very common for people who have undergone a kidney transplant to have infections and the most important thing is to notify them, as Mr. Barry did, at the onset of the discomfort," Barry spokeswoman Natalie Williams said in a statement.

After leaving the hospital, Barry issued a statement stating he now feels "very well."

"I would like to first thank God for giving me the strength to rise above," Barry said. "By his grace and the wonderful work of my doctors and the staff at Howard University Hospital, I am able to address health issues more effectively.'

Barry added that he's "ready to get back to work."

-- Tim Craig

By Vanessa Williams  |  06:16 PM ET, 10/12/2009

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