Former US vice president Cheney receives heart transplant
Former US vice president Dick Cheney received a heart transplant Saturday at a Virginia hospital after years of heart problems, his office said, dpa reported.
The 71-year-old politician who served at former president George W Bush's deputy underwent surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in suburban Washington while in end-stage heart failure, his office said.
He had been on a transplant waiting list for 20 months and was in intensive care, it said.
Cheney, a one-time heavy smoker, had suffered five heart attacks since 1978, when he was 37.
A statement from Cheney's office said he did not know the identity of the donor but he would "be forever grateful for this life-saving gift."
Cheney served as vice president during Bush's entire two terms from 2001 to 2009. He served as defence secretary under Bush's father, George Bush, from 1989 to 1993, presiding over the first Gulf War.
He was a major proponent of the second US invasion of Iraq and George W Bush's "war on terrorism," proclaimed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
The hospital had no comment on Cheney's surgery.