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  • 25 March 2012, 7:28

Dick Cheney Recovers From Heart Transplant

Former US vice president Dick Cheney has had a heart transplant and is recovering in hospital.

The 71-year-old, who was a controversial figure in the George W Bush administration, has had a long history of heart trouble.

His spokeswoman said he was in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, after surgery.

She added that he was recovering well.

He had been on a list for a heart transplant for more than 20 months.

The statement said Mr Cheney and his family do not know the identity of the donor, but "they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift".

During his eight years as vice president from 2001 to 2009, he wielded unprecedented power and pushed a "go it alone" world view that infuriated critics and dogged him long after he left public life.

He was the driving force on President Bush's "war on terror" in the wake of the September 11 attacks, which included the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since leaving office he has remained a prominent Republican on the political scene, often criticising President Barack Obama.

He suffered his first heart attack aged 37 and had quadruple bypass surgery in 1988, and was fitted with a pacemaker in 2001.