Former vice-president Dick Cheney's mechanical heart pump has allowed him to live a normal, though pulseless, life, the Times informs us today (with an amusing layout). With one exception: Until he gets a donor heart or rips one from the chest of an orphan, Kali Mastyle, Cheney must be cleansed via sponge.
Mr. Cheney’s pump was placed near his heart. With most patients, a power line emerges about waist level and connects to a controller, a minicomputer that plugs into a pair of one-and-a-half-pound, 12-volt batteries. Patients wear a black mesh vest over their clothing that holds the controller and batteries. They usually cannot shower and have to be satisfied with sponge baths.
Lynn, you saint.