Marion Barry going home from the hospital

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to talk about his release from the Medstar National Rehabilitation Network.

Barry revealed he went to the hospital for a urinary tract infection and a blood infection.

"The infections weakened me and I needed a lot of rehab to get stronger," Barry said to the media on Wednesday. "God gave me a lot of will power and a lot of faith in him. Also, I don't want to be in a hospital," Barry told WUSA9 Anchor Bruce Johnson.

When Johnson asked Barry how long he would be staying in politics, Barry responded like he always does.

"My term ends in 2016, so we'll revisit that then. I've been doing this for more than 30 years, so it's not that easy to quit," Barry said.

The former mayor was taken to the Medstar National Rehabilitation Network on Feb. 18 after staying for eight days at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center. He was also hospitalized for 16 days in January.

The 77-year-old has had a long history of heath issues including diabetes and prostate cancer. He also had a kidney transplant.


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