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Heart transplant for Dick Cheney

Former US vice president Dick Cheney is recovering after having a heart transplant.

His office released a statement disclosing the surgery, and saying that Mr Cheney has been on the transplant list for more than 20 months.

Aide Kara Ahern said the former vice president to George W Bush from 2001 to 2009 is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, after undergoing the surgery.

She said the former vice president does not know the heart donor's identity.

Mr Cheney suffered a heart attack in 2010, his fifth since the age of 37. He had bypass surgery in 1988, as well as two subsequent angioplasties to clear narrowed coronary arteries.

In 2001, he had a special pacemaker implanted in his chest.


From Belfast Telegraph