Former US vice-president Dick Cheney leaves after attending the ceremonial funeral of British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral in central London on April 17, 2013. The funeral of Margaret Thatcher took place on April 17, with Queen Elizabeth II leading mourners from around the world in bidding farewell to one of Britain's most influential and divisive prime ministers. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OLIVIA HARRIS (Photo credit should read OLIVIA HARRIS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says his health is "nothing short of a miracle."
The heart transplant recipient says he now wakes up each morning "with a smile on my face, thankful for the gift of another day I never expected to see."
Cheney tells "Fox News Sunday" that he was "near death" when he received a battery-operated heart pump in 2011. Cheney says the pump kept him alive for 20 months until he received the transplant in 2012 at age 71.
Last year, Cheney signed a deal to write a book about his history of heart disease that includes five heart attacks - the first came at age 37 and the most recent was in 2010.
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