Former D.C. mayor Barry released from medical rehab center

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - Former District of Columbia mayor and current councilman Marion Barry was released Wednesday from a center where he spent 16 days trying to regain his mobility.

Barry has had two lengthy hospitalizations this year, fighting infections and other complications from diabetes. After his second hospital stay, he was admitted into the Medstar National Rehabilitation Network.

During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Barry said he would be released following the presser. He says he feels much better and is getting stronger every day. He also said "I'm a fighter."

He turns 78 on Thursday.

Barry represents Ward 8, the city's poorest ward, on the D.C. Council. He was elected to a third consecutive term in 2012.

In addition to diabetes, he has survived prostate cancer and kidney failure that required a transplant five years ago.