Doc­tors doubt fa­voritism in Cheney trans­plant

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

CHICAGO | Doc­tors say it is un­likely that for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney got spe­cial treat­ment when he was given a new heart that thou­sands of younger peo­ple also were in line to re­ceive.

Af­ter spend­ing nearly two years on a wait­ing list, Mr. Cheney re­ceived a trans­plant Satur­day. The 71-year-old un­der­went surgery at the same Virginia hospi­tal where doc­tors im­planted a small heart pump that has kept him alive the past few years.

Mr. Cheney was re­cov­er­ing Sun­day at Inova Fair­fax Hospi­tal in Falls Church. He had se­vere con­ges­tive heart fail­ure and had suf­fered five heart at­tacks over the past 25 years.

Dr. Allen Tay­lor, car­di­ol­ogy chief at Meds­tar Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hospi­tal, said Sun­day that the heart trans­plant wait­list is “a very reg­i­mented and fair process, and heav­ily po­liced.”

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