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Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in At TMV | 16 comments

Cheney Has Heart Transplant

Word just breaking a little while ago that former VP Cheney received a heart transplant.

Hopefully we all put partisanship aside to wish him a speedy recovery, but feel free to insert your own good humoured jokes here

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  • zephyr

    A new sump pump maybe, but not a heart.

  • Quelcrist Falconer

    Can’t be right…

    You mean that he has had a new heart inserted in his chest…

  • PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

    The jokes, if any, should be accompained with some good wishes for recovery….

  • The_Ohioan

    Patrick, you should see the comments on Daily Kos. And they have the gall to complain about right wingers’ hate speech!

  • slamfu

    Yea DailyKos is the left version of FOX news comments section.

    I for one thought it oddly appropriate that Cheney’s old setup that moved the blood in his body left him with no pulse.

  • bluebelle

    I’ve read that sometimes after people have cardiac surgery they develop a new personality. Here’s hoping……………..

  • rudi

    I hope the heart didn’t come from a liberal. The compassion of a liberal heart may change Cheney sour outlook.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Cheney, who suffered five heart attacks over the years, had been waiting for a transplant for more than 20 months.

    I can just bet the following questions and issues will come up.

    The costs of a heart transplant is almost $ 1 million. The costs of various organ transplants can be seen here:
    http://www.transplantliving.org/beforethetransplant/finance/costs.aspx

    How about 20 months?

    The current guidelines for allocation of thoracic organs (heart and lungs) can be seen here (if you can struggle through and understand it all:

    http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/PoliciesandBylaws2/policies/pdfs/policy_9.pdf

    New York Times:

    More than 3,100 Americans currently are on the national waiting list for a heart transplant. Just over 2,300 heart transplants were performed last year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. And 330 people died while waiting.

    According to UNOS, 332 people over age 65 received a heart transplant last year. The majority of transplants occur in 50- to 64-year-olds.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I think I would just send good thoughts for Mr. Cheney’s family. It is often frightening for the family re transplants, for the patient sometimes struggles not just with the profound shock of surgery removing a vital organ and then attaching an ‘alien’ organ, but too, all the anti-rejection medications, pain meds, nausea, anxiety, possibly blood meds for thinning etc.

    The idea that we can take a vital organ from one person to another, is such an amazing actuality. I know many many await vital organs, and my prayers are with all those families very much.

  • So he’s finally had a change of… no, I won’t go there. May he live another 70 years.

  • zephyr

    “The jokes, if any, should be accompained with some good wishes for recovery”

    Sorry Patrick, no can do. The man was instrumental in orchestrating a war of choice that killed and maimed tens of thousands of innocent human beings. Why would I want to wish such a person anything good? I’ll save my well wishes for those who deserve it.

  • bluebelle

    When someone’s health is in question, I normally don’t like to say anything negative, so I will commend Mr. Cheney for lobbying for Maryland’s new law legalizing gay marriage. It would have been nice if he could have come out for it when he was VP, but better late than never to have a change of heart!

  • merkin

    I have to have regular drug infusions and often find myself sitting next to transplant patients receiving anti-rejection drugs. It is a rigorous regime which is only easily borne considering the finality of the alternative. I can only wish the very best for Vice President Chaney.

    Say what you want about Dick Chaney and his policies, he did dedicate a large part of his life to public service. We need more people of his intelligence and abilities to do the same.

  • bluebelle

    Knowing Cheney, he must have checked first to see if the heart came from a reliable conservative before consenting to have the procedure done.

  • zephyr

    Whole lotta saintliness goin on around here..

  • SteveK

    oxymoron……………….

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