Marion Barry leaves hospital after 16 days


Barry’s 16-day hospital stay was related to blood and circulation issues, friends said. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Marion Barry was released Monday from Howard University Hospital after a 16-day stay, a spokeswoman said.

The 77-year-old D.C. Council member and former four-term mayor was admitted on Jan. 11. Spokeswoman LaToya Foster has not confirmed details about Barry’s medical condition, but several people who visited Barry in the hospital described the issue as pertaining to his blood and circulation and related to his long-standing diabetes.

Foster said Barry was released Monday afternoon. It is unclear whether he will return to work in time for the council’s next legislative meeting, on Feb. 4.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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