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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Marion Barry to undergo minor surgery


Friday’s surgery is the latest in a string of hospitalizations for Barry. (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Marion Barry is set to undergo surgery Friday.

Barry’s office said in a brief news release that the 75-year-old D.C. Council member and former four-term mayor is undergoing “a minor surgical procedure” involving his urinary tract. The released rendered the word “minor” in bold italic type.

The procedure is being performed by Dr. Gaurav Bandi at Sibley Memorial Hospital; Barry (D-Ward 8) is expected to be hospitalized overnight, the release said.

It is the latest hospital visit of many Barry has had in public life — starting with his 1977 shooting in the District Building at the hands of Hanafi Muslim raiders. Shot in the chest, he underwent surgery at Washington Hospital Center and was released the next day, according to Post reports at the time.

In 1983, during his second mayoral term, Barry spent more than a week at Howard University Hospital after complaining of chest pains, later diagnosed as hiatal hernia — an issue that flared up again during a 1987 Super Bowl trip to Los Angeles, leading to a brief hospitalization.

Barry was diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes in the early 1990s, and in 1995, while in his final mayoral term, Barry was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He returned to Hopkins for a follow-up procedure in 2000.

Between 2003 and 2007, Barry was hospitalized at least a half-dozen times for various ailments, including diabetes and pneumonia.

More recently, in February 2009, Barry underwent a kidney transplant at Howard, harvested from friend Kim Dickens. Later that year, Barry was hospitalized again for an infection and dehydration — a visit that included a trip to Howard’s intensive care unit.

The release Friday said Barry is “in good health” and “is cancer free.” He turns 76 on March 6.

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