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Apple observers noticed that CEO Steve Jobs' health dramatically decreased in 2008. Mr. Jobs reportedly has received a liver transplant and is currently recovering, eagerly awaiting a return to Apple at the month's end.  (Source: WSJ)
Apple's CEO and cofounder hopes to put his health problems behind him

Founding one of tech industry's biggest players -- Apple -- and personally turning the company around in the late nineties was nothing compared to the challenge that Apple CEO Steve Jobs faced in 2004.  Battling a rare and deadly form of pancreatic cancer, Mr. Jobs recovered thanks to surgery and reassumed his leadership role at the company, integrally helping to conceive, develop and release hit products such as the iPhone and MacBook Air.

Last year, though, many observers took note that Mr. Jobs looked sickly at public appearances.  Sure enough, in January of this year he took medical leave, announcing he would be gone from Apple on medical leave until the end of June.  In his absence Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook took over many of the day to day duties.

Now details of Mr. Jobs' medical battle, veiled in secrecy, have at last emerged.  According to a report by the Wall Street Journal Mr. Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee two months ago.  Mr. Jobs had earlier this year had relocated from California to Tennessee, a state known for having a shorter waiting list for organ transplants.  At the time Bloomberg had reported that Mr. Jobs was applying for a liver transplant.

Apple spokespeople contacted by the WSJ to seek confirmation of the sourced reports refused to comment, merely reiterating that Apple "continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there's nothing further to say."  According to the WSJ report, COO Cook may take over additional roles to help Mr. Jobs during his recovery.

Earlier this year it was discovered that Mr. Jobs was receiving hormone therapy.  Reportedly he was unable to digest food properly and receive nutrients.  The liver is an integral part of hormone production, and also produces bile, needed for digestion.  The liver is very sensitive to toxins, and can be damaged by chemotherapy, which Mr. Jobs likely received during his cancer treatment.

Liver transplant recipients have a 58 percent chance of surviving 15 years.  Liver transplants have been performed since 1967; the liver was the second organ to be successfully transplanted, with the kidneys being the first.

Mr. Jobs is currently 54.  Apple fans are eagerly awaiting his return, as he has always pushed the company and given it a creative spark.  Apple released its latest hot offering -- the iPhone 3G S -- this Friday.  Apple also announced new MacBook Pros, detailed its new OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and revealed Quicktime X.  Speculation has already begun that the company is preparing a major refresh to its iPod lineup for the fall.


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By ChristopherO on 6/20/2009 6:18:56 PM , Rating: 5
Bankruptcy is not socialism. In some cases it's people who spent too much and should have *never* been extended credit. Under our *modern* system it could be wealth-redistribution (because of the mortgage garbage and public bail-out, but this is a first-time). However, before the current meltdown bankruptcy losses were pretty much eaten entirely by private industry. That's why at-risk customers pay huge percentages for credit. All the other at-risk customers were covering each others' losses. People with good credit never had this problem because they get choice rates for their diligence. It's just like health insurance, if you're in a high-risk category, you pay more along with everyone else in the same boat (you cover each-other).

However some people end up in bankruptcy due to circumstances they can't control. I think it's utterly ridiculous not to have health insurance, especially if you're young and healthy. However if you get cancer, get wiped out... You can still get treated (the *same* as everyone else) but you'll end up destroying your credit in the process. Like I said, I'd rather take 7 years to fix my credit than be dead.

And believe me, I was one of those people who always used to say, "No health insurance? Screw em!" Then I got sick and have a lot more empathy. Heck if I were younger, I would have gone to med-school with the intention of going into hematology (I'm still considering applying if I make it through this).


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