Dick Cheney's heart transplant which isn't a heart transplant

For those of us who remember Dr Christian Barnard and his pioneering heart transplant surgery, heart transplant is a big deal. It is for others, no doubt.

As a fellow human being, with a family, I wish Dick Cheney all the best for a successful recovery from his “heart transplant”. Strictly speaking, he hasn’t actually had a heart transplant. He’s had the installation of an Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) powered by batteries. It’s often described as a “bridge to heart transplant”.

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC explains with the help of an expert below.

There have been lots of jokes about all this on Twitter. Perhaps they can be summed up by the number one Twitter Cheney “heart transplant” joke:

Don’t you need to have a heart in the first place to have a heart transplant?

[Drum roll – Cymbal}

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