Dick Cheney Has a Heart Transplant

The former vice president is recovering in a Virginia hospital.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

This news is unexpected but not surprising: Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from a heart transplant, according to the Washington Post and Associated Press:

Former vice president Dick Cheney, who has suffered five heart attacks since his late 30s, underwent a heart transplant Saturday after more than 20 months on a transplant list, according to his office.

“Although the former Vice President and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,” Cheney aide Kara Ahern said in a statement issued Saturday night. Ahern said Cheney “is thankful to the teams of doctors and other medical professionals at Inova Fairfax and George Washington University Hospital for their continued outstanding care.”

Cheney, 71, was recovering Saturday in the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Ahern said.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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