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Cheney shooting victim suffers heart attack

February 15, 2006

Cheney shooting victim suffers heart attack

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Texas lawyer accidentally shot by Vice President Dick Cheney during a weekend quail hunt suffered a minor heart attack on Tuesday when some of the birdshot migrated close to his heart, a hospital spokesman said.

Harry Whittington, 78, has been moved into intensive care and will have to stay in the Corpus Christi, Texas hospital where he is being treated for at least another seven days to monitor his condition, said Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital spokesman Peter Banko. 

Dr. David Blanchard, the hospital's emergency room chief, said at a news conference Whittington underwent cardiac catheterization after doctors noted an irregular heartbeat due to a minor heart attack. 

US Vice President Dick Cheney is seen at a luncheon in New York in this January 19, 2006 file photo. The Texas lawyer accidentally shot by Cheney during a weekend quail hunt suffered a minor heart attack on Tuesday when some of the birdshot migrated close to his heart, a hospital spokesman said. (REUTERS/Chip East)
"We are very, very optimistic that with Mr Whittington's strong heart ... he will do very well," Blanchard said. 

Whittington took pellets in his cheek, neck and chest when Cheney fired his shotgun while aiming for a bird during a hunt in southern Texas on Saturday, and was taken to hospital in nearby Corpus Christi. 

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