Ex-US vice president Cheney has heart transplant

Last Updated: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:28

Washington: Former US vice president Dick Cheney had a heart transplant surgery, his office said on Saturday.

The 71-year-old had surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, Xinhua quoted a statement from his office as saying.

He had been on the cardiac transplant list for more than 20 months, it said.

His family don`t know the identity of the donor, but "they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift".

Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering at least five heart attacks since 1978. His first heart attack occurred when he was 37.

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First Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:28

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