Six days after entering Howard University Hospital for what’s been reported as a case of dehydration, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry was discharged today. At one point, he had been admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit.

His spokesperson, Natalie Williams, released a statement:

Councilmember Barry says he is feeling much better and is following his medical treatment plan. “I would like to first thank God for giving me the strength to rise above. By his grace, and the wonderful work of my doctors and the staff at Howard University Hospital, I am able to address my health issues more effectively. Nearly 8 months after receiving a new kidney, I am feeling very well and I am ready to get back to work. I thank the residents of the District for their love, concern, and many prayers.”