Report states Apple CEO Steve Jobs had liver transplant

By Calvin Palmer

Apple CEO Steve Jobs whose health has been a matter of concern for several months had a liver transplant two months ago in Tennessee, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment on the report but said in a statement that “Steve continues to look forward to returning to Apple at the end of June and there is nothing further to say”.

In August 2004, the 54-year-old Jobs disclosed that he had been treated for a form of pancreatic cancer.

The gaunt appearance of the co-founder of Apple last year fueled speculation about the state of his health. Earlier this year, he said that he had a treatable hormone imbalance and that he would continue to run the company.

The following week, however, Jobs went on leave for medical issues he said were “more complex” than he had thought. Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, took over daily duties.

Jobs dropped out of college to start Apple Computers in his parents’ garage in 1976 with his friend Steve Wozniak.

He was ousted from the company in 1985 but returned 12 years later and shaped the company’s phenomenal success with products such as  iPods and iPhones.

If the report is correct, Jobs joins a growing list of celebrity liver transplant recipients that includes Jack Bruce of Cream, David Crosby, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, John Phillips of the Mamas & Papas, Evel Knievel and actor Larry Hagman.

[Based on a repors by the Associated Press and The Daily Telegraph.]

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One response to “Report states Apple CEO Steve Jobs had liver transplant

  1. ace

    From some of the comments I read at other sites about this news, a lot of people are angry about this. How can Jobs be the “sickest patient on the waiting list”? Seems that the hospital that did the surgery saw dollar signs and a “free publicity” opportunity to make more money.

    Doctors are the number one killers in America. Not car accidents, plane crashes or cancer. Doctors. Healthcare has become so expensive that those who REALLY do need to have treatments cannot afford it unless if doctors and hospitals can screw your health insurance over real good.

    Put the blame for healthcare cost where it really belongs. Greedy doctors and big pharmaceutical companies. The medical industry is not in the business of “saving lives”. They are in the business of generating death. Death makes them money. Not life. Not natural items, herbs and plants.

    In essence, doctors who take the “hippocratic oath” of “do no harm” are just hypocrites. Knowledge is power. You have to be your own doctor, medical advocate and do your own research. Because if you don’t, the choice will be made for you. And the choice won’t be in your “best interest”.

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