Dick Cheney undergoes heart transplant surgery
March 24th, 2012
07:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Dick Cheney undergoes heart transplant surgery

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering Saturday evening after undergoing heart transplant surgery, his office said.

Cheney, 71, had surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wish the heartless wonder a speedy recovery, so he can be back on Fox,foreign owned media, trashing Obama's successful war on terror.

    March 24, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    No doubt he'll be closely monitored for signs of the heart rejecting him.

    March 24, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Name

    I hope this gives him 30 more years to fight the good fight against liberals and hippies

    March 24, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope Cheney doesn't use his second and third chances at life to promote GOP bigotry and division in America.

    March 24, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind

    Get well soon.

    March 24, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. tew

    Tax payer socializied heathcare paid for his surgery and meds. Where are Tea Party outtage.

    March 24, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. JB5

    Along with an extended lease on life, I hope this also gives him a change of heart and help stop the wars.

    March 24, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Golden Girl

    And to think that there are so many young, well deserving people, STILL waiting for a heart transplant.....

    March 24, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Golden Girl

    Why now??? He already went 71 yrs without one.

    March 24, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Did Cheney use US Healthcare? Where is the GOP outrage? Did the US Taxpayer pay for his transplant? Where is the TEAParty outrage? Have the US Catholic Bishops and Issa had a panel on this religious issue? Did the US Congress legislation mandate that an eye witness saw the donor die for a full 10 min? IF not where is the US Catholic Bishop outrage for murder?

    March 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Tired of republican lies

    No comment....the demonic look on his face says it all.

    March 24, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Larry L

    A heart transplant can run in the millions of dollars from start to finish – especially if complications occur. Cheney has the money to pay for it but his coverage comes from the US Government – as it should based upon his tenure as Vice President. Still, we might use this example (with really rough numbers) to illustrate the fallacy in thinking regarding critics of our current healthcare plan. If Cheney's heart transplant cost a million dollars and if he paid $1000 per month for premiums, it would take about 83 years to pay the bill (forget interest charges – that's too complicated for the example)! At 71 years of age he would have needed to start paying those premiums about 12 years before he was born – to be even now. If he didn't start paying the premiums until he was out of college (after avoiding the draft) he'll need to live to the age of 107, providing he has no more health events to increase his "tab". It's easy to see why citizens need to pay into the insurance pool when they are young and likely healthier, because nobody could ever pay off a major health event if only the elderly pay premiums.

    March 24, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. R.I.P. Damon

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the former VP

    March 24, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    I hope this brings him many years to enjoy his retirement. He did excellent work during his 40 years of public service and so many Americans now and in the future sincerely appreciate that.

    March 24, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Is it true the donor was an African American ?

    I wish Dick a speedy recover.

    March 24, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    there are a lot of hateful things I could say here, but I WON'T! A change of heart to me is always a good thing.

    March 24, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. An American

    Four and The Door...
    Are you kidding-he did more to push this nation toward facism than any man ever did...

    March 24, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. JoeP

    I wonder who paid for it?

    March 24, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. Larry L

    I had to get out of bed to post an honest comment. Dick Cheney was the driving force behind a trumped-up case for the Iraq War. He made millions himself from his "escrow" stock and his Haliburton buddies made billions. He was in bed with Enron when folks across America got hosed in that scam. He didn't even apologize to the guy he shot while hunting in Texas. In a just world he'd be in prison rather than getting the finest medical care in the world, while trying to block similar care from the working class. He's not an American hero who needs our best wishes. He' a draft-dodging Belt-Way Bandit who's milked our system and done nothing fot the people who go to work everyday. He gets to live longer? Who cares? Those 4500 dead Soldiers are still dead.

    March 24, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Many people are wondering if Cheney actually had a heart to replace. I think it is really strange that he was so high on the list. I would hope that he gets a greater understanding of what people go through or would not go through when they don't have the money to get this done.

    March 24, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. Put Him In The Dock

    Let's hope this keeps him alive long enough for him to attend a trial at the Hague for the war crimes he needs to be charged with. And have his little creature W right beside him.

    March 24, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. GonzoinHouston

    I wish him a full recovery despite my differences with just about every decision he ever made. As a matter of principle, I would not wish death upon another American for political reasons. A long term in prison, a public repudiation, and a foul place in the history books, maybe, but I still wish him a full recovery.

    March 24, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  23. Michelle

    I wish you nothing but the best Mr. Cheney!!!

    March 24, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  24. Anyway

    Not even Hell wants this creep.

    March 25, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  25. Thomas

    @Larry L

    Well said ,
    Thank you .

    March 25, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
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