Former Washington, D.C. Mayor and current city councilman Marion Barry is set to get a kidney transplant Friday afternoon.
Barry has been in the hospital since Thursday getting ready for what has been called a life-saving procedure. The kidney of a female living donor, who is a longtime friend of Barry’s, “is almost a perfect match,” reports local T.V. station NBC4. He had previously been undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week. The surgery is expected to take six hours.
According to MSNBC, Barry told a court that his illness has kept him from filing his taxes on time. Over the past few years, he has had his share of tax difficulties. He just filed 2007’s tax return this week and, according to a rep, will file 2008’s next week.