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Boy on Heart Transplant List Found After Being Kidnapped from Hospital

Pixland/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- A boy awaiting a heart transplant was found outside of Chicago after he was taken from a St. Louis hospital by his father, who does not have custody of his son.

An Amber Alert and a SARAA missing child alert were issued for Porter Stone, 5, after he was taken from the hospital by his 33-year-old father, Jeffrey Stone, at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday.  The father then called Tiffany Stone, the boy's mother who has sole custody of him, to inform her that he was taking their son.  Tiffany Stone was reportedly at the hospital at the time her son was taken.

Illinois State Police issued a statement Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. ET that they had located the boy along with Jeffrey Stone and the man's mother, 59-year-old Rhonda Marie Matthews.

Three felony warrants were issued for kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child against Jeffery Stone and Matthews.  Both Jeffrey Stone and Matthews are now in custody, and the boy has been taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

The boy's parents are currently separated and, according to the boy's uncle, a custody battle has been waged between the two.

Porter Stone is next in line for a heart transplant at St. Louis Children's Hospital, according to ABC News affiliate KSDK.  He was reportedly discharged Tuesday afternoon after several days in the hospital, according to officials, so he could be monitored by doctors closer to home in the Kansas City area.

Officials said that Porter, who has been treated over the past several months at St. Louis Children's Hospital for cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle, left the hospital wearing an IV bag, which continuously infuses medicine into his vein.  He was thought to have enough of that for approximately the next 24 hours. 

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Dick Cheney Released from Hospital After Heart Transplant Surgery

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital on Tuesday, 10 days after receiving heart transplant surgery, according to a written statement released by his office. 

The surgery was performed at Inova Fairvax Hospital in Virgina.

“He would like to thank the physicians at Inova Fairfax and George Washington University Hospitals for the outstanding care they have provided.  He and his family are also grateful to the ICU nursing staff at the Heart and Vascular Institute,” according to the statement.  “As he leaves the hospital, the former Vice President and his family want to again express their deep gratitude to the donor and the donor’s family for this remarkable gift.”

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EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Cheney’s Heart Transplant Surgery

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Dick Cheney was sound asleep when the phone rang after midnight on Friday. It was a call from the cardiology department at Inova Fairfax Hospital; he was told to come to the hospital quickly – a donor heart was likely to become available within hours.

“His response was to say, ‘Sure. What time?  Let’s go,’” said Dr. Jon Reiner, Cheney’s cardiologist, who accompanied Cheney for the surgery, which was performed by Fairfax cardiologists Alan Speir and Anthony Rongione.

About an hour later, Cheney was at the hospital preparing for heart transplant surgery.  The surgery, which started at 10 a.m. Saturday, was over by 5 p.m., about 17 hours after Cheney received his wake-up call from the hospital.

“The surgery went flawlessly,” Dr. Reiner told ABC News. “It exceeded expectations.”

Cheney is still in intensive care, but Dr. Reiner said his recovery has been “dramatic” and that Cheney is doing “remarkably well, amazingly well” and was already out of his hospital bed and sitting in a chair Monday morning.

“The organ has functioned terrifically.  There can still be challenges, but so far, so good,” Dr. Reiner said.  “So far, so very good.”

If recovery continues without significant setback, Dr. Reiner says Cheney’s prognosis is “excellent” and that he could live “many, many years” with his new heart.

“If you ask is it reasonable for a patient, like this patient, to consider 10 years, yes, I think that’s reasonable,” Dr. Reiner said.  “And good quality life.”

Cheney first went on a donor heart wait list in June 2010, but didn’t make a final decision about a transplant until a few weeks ago, when he was told he had moved up on the list to the point where a donor heart was likely to come soon.

“It is not an easy decision to make,” Dr. Reiner said. “The decision to have surgery is like going all-in in a poker game. There’s great reward, but there’s also great risk.”

Dr. Reiner described Cheney as both “excited” and “calm” going into the surgery, adding, “He was ready.”

“When the time came, there was no equivocation, no wait a little while, and let’s think about it. It was, let’s go,” Reiner said.

Cheney’s wait for a donor heart was nearly 21 months – considerably longer than the average wait.  His doctor says it is impossible to get preferential treatment and that Cheney was adamant, in any case, that he would wait his turn.

“It is impossible for a patient to get special consideration,” Dr. Reiner said.  “And, I’ll tell you, he made it explicitly clear that he was going to wait his turn.”

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