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Dick Cheney released from hospital 10 days after heart transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and wife Lynne Cheney are seen at home after his release from Inova Fairfax Hospital on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

April 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dick Cheney was released from a Northern Virginia hospital on Tuesday morning after having a heart transplant.

According to a statement from the former vice president's office, the 71-year-old was released 10 days after receiving a new heart from an unknown donor.

"He would like to thank the physicians at Inova Fairfax and George Washington University Hospitals for the outstanding care they have provided. He and his family are also grateful to the ICU nursing staff at the Heart and Vascular Institute," the statement read. "As he leaves the hospital, the former Vice President and his family want to again express their deep gratitude to the donor and the donor's family for this remarkable gift."

Cheney waited nearly two years for the heart. He has had five heart attacks since the age of 37 and suffered his most recent one in 2010. He had bypass surgery in 1988 and had a pacemaker implanted in his chest in 2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.