Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney has had a heart transplant and is now recovering in a Virginia hospital.
Cheney, 71, who served as vice president in the George W. Bush administration, has had a long history of heart trouble, and had his first heart attack in 1978 when he was just 37.
After his fourth heart attack in 2000 he had a defibrillator implanted in his chest.
Despite the huge daily pressures on him, he didn't have another heart scare in the eight years he was in the White House, but afterwards, he suffered his fifth heart attack in 2009.
Kara Ahern, a spokeswoman for Cheney, issued a statement saying the former Vice President is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital, Virginia after undergoing heart transplant surgery on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
Ahern also said that 'Cheney would be forever grateful to his unknown heart donor', The Telegraph reports.
"In 2010, Mr. Cheney had a Left Ventricular Assist Device implanted for treatment of end stage heart failure. The former Vice President has been on the cardiac transplant list for more than 20 months," the paper quoted Ahern, as saying.
"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," Ahern said.
"Former Vice President 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," she added. (ANI)