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Former VP Cheney receives heart transplant

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CHICAGO (WKOW)--Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from heart transplant surgery.

The 71 year old had the operation Saturday.

Cheney has had five heart attacks, the first when he was only 37.

He previously had an artificial device to keep his blood pumping after years of chronic heart disease.

Cheney was on the transplant list for 20 months and he does not know the identity of the anonymous donor, who Cheney's family thanked in a statement.

Medical experts say the first 48 hours after transplant is the most crucial period for recovery.

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