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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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RE: "You can observe a lot just by watching."
By crystal clear on 6/20/2009 8:06:37 PM , Rating: 0
No but with wealth you can guarantee your health.

Oh really! can wealth guarantee that you will NOT have AIDS,CANCER,CARDIAC FAILURE,BRAIN TUMOR,INFERTILITY,IMPOTENCY & MORE such horrific illnesses.

The answer is NO !

You will realize what it is like, only when you suffer from one the above illness & that all your money is worth nothing.

You can get a heart attack without being a smoker & take all the precautions.

You can get AIDS even if you take all the precautions-one mistake & you are gone...a slow torturous death.

Money does not guarantee your health-you learn it the hard way to realize that-

"Health is better than wealth."

and I realize it by-

"You can observe a lot just by watching."

RE: "You can observe a lot just by watching."
By Totally on 6/21/2009 12:05:38 AM , Rating: 1
AIDS!!!! you seriously came at me with AIDS!!!? I can level with you if contracted from a freak accident at the workplace, unfortunately born with it, or raped. I'm pretty sure is easy as breathing to not get aids.

CANCER - most types of cancer can be avoided

CARDIAC FAILURE - unless it's an inherited issue no excuses here, as this is usually a symptom of another condition. excercise

[INFERTILITY, IMPOTENCY & MORE such horrific illnesses.]<------ I love that! ripe for picking out of context, I'll be laughing at that line for days. 1-800-GO-ADOPT.

Hey, I would not have made that comment if I had realized so many people would have gone apes**t over something I find so trivial. My outlook does still stand however in that being wealthier than thou does put you in a better position than someone who is of a lesser financial standing insurance or not. I'm pretty sure insurance policies don't come crack medical teams standby ready to scour the nation should you come down with the sniffles.

By crystal clear on 6/21/2009 3:31:51 AM , Rating: 2
If I have hurt your FEELINGS the I regret it - My apologies to you.

I wish you the best of health & happiness.

Just a plain discussion - nothing personal against you.

Lets close there.

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