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Headaches and aide says the former Vice President Dick Cheney is now awake talking and doing well after getting a new heart.
He's been recovering in a hospital in Virginia following -- plant surgery over the weekend that aide says the former VP was even able to get out of bed and stand yesterday.
Of course Dick Cheney has a long history of heart problems some folks have questioned whether he got any special treatment.
But he reportedly been in a transplant waiting lists for some twenty months.
That's longer according to statistics and most patients who wait a year or less.
He's he's also older than the traditional cut off age of 65 but.
Doctors say recent advances gave a 71 year old a good shot at survived.
Considering how risky this procedure isn't all that involves stopping -- heart removing a heart.
Putting in another heart starting it again it's amazing that patients over 65 do as well as they do.
But the risks have dropped considerably over the years.
According to federal data 88% of all heart recipients now survive at least a year after the transplant.
Three quarters live at least five -- and a little more than half for still alive a decade later.
So doctors say it's reasonable that even at 71.
Former Vice President Cheney would undergo such an operation his heart was badly damaged because of all the heart attacks than it had five of them to be exact.
The first was in 1978.
He had two heart operations before this one including a 2010 surgery to install -- battery powered pump.
He helped keep Cheney's blood flowing but he said the gear it required made it awkward to get around.
The equipment that I where it was originally put together.
Has -- transitional device.
Keep somebody going until they could get a transplant Andy's got one this week it.
After spending almost two years on the waiting list he needed a heart transplant because without that device he would -- removal of.
In fact doctors say the four vice president could spend don't a few weeks recovering in the hospital.
And after that he may face months of tests in rehab.
Mike Emanuel has the rest of the stories -- -- DC newsroom what what -- doctors expecting in terms of -- quality of life after this might.
-- I spoke with vice president Cheney's long time cardiologist doctor Jonathan primarily today -- says.
He could not believe what he saw when he visited the hospital today mr.
Cheney was out of bed and sitting up in a chair less than 48 hours after a heart transplant.
Doctor Reiner says it is absolutely possible mr.
Cheney who is 71.
Will live another ten years and that was the goal in the cardiologist says once he recovers the former vice president will likely find.
He can do what ever he wants shot.
-- -- it's a stay at any word on who donated this heart -- you get to know that sort of thing.
You know I asked the chief and we spokesperson again -- today she says they do not know the donor's identity but the Cheney say they will be forever grateful.
For this life saving gift asked for special treatment doctor Reiner says no chance noting the former VP waited almost 21 months.
His doc says the process is so well defined it is impossible to get special treatment.
And doctor Reiner says mr.
Cheney felt it was important to wait his turn kept Mike Emanuel live on Capitol Hill.
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