Former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney, 71, has received a heart transplant from an anonymous donor. The procedure took place yesterday.
Cheney, who has long battled heart problems, is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., outside of Washington, D.C.
His office said in a statement:
"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, who had been on the waiting list for a new heart for 20 months, had his first heart attack when he was 37 and underwent bypass surgery in 1988.