Report: Apple's Steve Jobs Received Liver Transplant and is Recovering
June 20, 2009 11:45 AM
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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.
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
, 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
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
had reported that Mr. Jobs was applying for a liver transplant.
Apple spokespeople contacted by the
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
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
, as he has always pushed the company and given it a
. Apple released its latest hot offering -- the iPhone 3G S --
. 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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RE: "You can observe a lot just by watching."
6/20/2009 6:31:05 PM
I'm presently O+, after my donor I'll end up being A+. For reasons of medical privacy I know virtually nothing about the person, but they are female, young, and in good health. I also have a 10/10 match (oh, and they found multiple 9/10s just in case), so I've got the best odds possible. My transplant coordinator was laughing and said, "With female marrow perhaps you'll understand why women like getting flowers." I was also considered an extremely high-priority since I have acute leukemia and have severe genetic mutation of my stem cells (so it will eventually come back and kill me without a transplant, even with a transplant my 5-year odds are 50/50 at best).
It seriously makes me tear up when I think a young woman is going to have a permanent scar from getting a central line. She won't have to endure invasive surgery (like the old days), but it is going to be traumatic nonetheless. I just hope she signs the form that will consent to release her identity (you can do that after one year). I'd feel awful if someone saved my life and I couldn't even send her flowers, or fly out and meet her. I'm an only child, so I guess this has restored some of my faith in the goodness of other people (I was much more of a cynic before this).
Anyway, for marrow donation, blood type doesn't matter (as long as it's compatible). I can get A+ stem-cells since my "O" blood will still be compatible (in essence I donate blood to myself). However my odds for finding an A or AB donor will be vastly less. I had an 85-90% chance now, but will have only a 10-25% chance if I need another donor due to a relapse.
Marrow donation is also slightly different than others in that you need a DNA match to ensure survivability. It sounds like all the organs only require protein and blood type matches. I'm obviously not a physician, but I've had a crash course in all of this since early February (my diagnosis date).
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