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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 91TTZ on 6/21/2009 9:44:27 PM , Rating: 4
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Even with the successful surgery, 58% odds of 15 years isn't all that great, considering it also includes other recipients in better health and better able to recover and having a longer remainder of expected avg lifespan due to being younger


Statistics like that are extremely misleading though. If a person gets a procedure that's normally performed on elderly people, the average lifespan after the procedure will be very low.

For example, if you were to find the average number of years that a person can expect to live after cataract surgery it'll probably be only a few years. That figure may scare a kid who needs the surgery. But that figure really has nothing to do with the surgery itself and more to do with the average age of people that get cataract surgery (mid 70's).


RE: "You can observe a lot just by watching."
By glitchc on 6/21/2009 11:51:26 PM , Rating: 1
Just one problem with your analogy: Nobody reports life expectancy with cataract operations. Cataract risks are associated with loss of sight, not loss of life. A liver, on the other hand, is associated with loss of life, same as a heart, as both are fundamental to survival.


RE: "You can observe a lot just by watching."
By 91TTZ on 6/22/2009 9:22:00 AM , Rating: 2
Hence it being an analogy and not an actual example.


By glitchc on 6/30/2009 5:37:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it's a poor one since it has little relevance to the case at hand.


By myhipsi on 6/22/2009 11:02:53 AM , Rating: 3
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Statistics like that are extremely misleading though. If a person gets a procedure that's normally performed on elderly people, the average lifespan after the procedure will be very low.


Actually, age is less of a factor than you might think. The reason for these statistics is that people who receive organ transplants have to take a cocktail of anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. These drugs effectively nullify your immune system, which makes you succeptable to many diseases, viruses, and bacteria that can easily kill you without a well fuctioning immune system. Not only that but there's always a chance of the organ being rejected by the body (even with the drugs). So that is why there is a 58% odds of 15 years with a liver transplant.


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