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Former Vice President Cheney Recovering in a Falls Church Hospital

Cheney went through heart transplant surgery Saturday.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering from heart transplant surgery Saturday night at in Falls Church, according to WTOP.

Cheney, 71, suffered five heart attacks over a span of 25-years, according to WTOP. Cheney had been on the transplant list for 20 months, according to the Washington Post.

“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 that ran on the Washington Post’s website Saturday.

More than 3,100 Americans currently are on the national waiting list for a heart transplant. Just over 2,300 heart transplants were performed last year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. And 330 people died while waiting.

Two presidential candidates took time from their campaigns to wish Cheney a speedy recovery.

According to WTOP, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wished Cheney a "fast and full recovery" in a post on Twitter and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum sent a written statement wishing Cheney and his family well and offering his thoughts and prayers.

Sadie Beeden March 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I wish you a speedy and event free recovery Mr. Cheney.
April March 26, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I am interested in hearing whether his health insurance paid for all the costs. I imagine recovery from this surgery will be quite difficult.
Joe Brenchick March 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM
An outright ugly gratuitous assertion, obviously based solely on emotion. Which also illustrates how callous and malicious we’ve come is addressing our fellow Americans with whom we disagree politically. It’s a sad testimony to what we’ve reduced ourselves to. It’s one thing to wish ill will on foreign leaders of enemies of our country, but when we wish death on someone our political foes, we had truly digressed to a new low.
DD March 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I believe he was on a waiting list, just as anyone else would be, and his turn came up. Organ transplant eligibility is not defined by age or rank in society. If it were, this average 71-year-old citizen from Texas would not have gotten one: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/03/13/organ-transplant-eligibility-not-defined-by-age/

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