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Report: Apple Chief Had Liver Transplant

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly had a liver transplant two months ago. Jobs is set to return to Apple at the end of this month, following a six month leave of absence to treat an undisclosed medical condition.

In the new year, the Apple Chief sent out a letter explaining why he had been looking so poorly for the last year. Jobs said he was suffering from a hormone imbalance that was robbing his body of proteins. At the time, he said that the remedy to this health issue was “relatively simple and straight forward,” and that he would continue his duties at Apple.

One week later, Steve sent out a second letter stating that his health problems were a lot more complex than he originally thought and that he would be taking six months off work to focus on getting well. Since then, nothing has been said about Steve Jobs health issues, though rumors say he has continued to play an active role at Apple, despite his absence.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Steve Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago, adding that he is recovering well and is expected to return to work on schedule, though he may work part-time initially. When contacted for comment, Jobs didn't respond, however, Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton told the WSJ, "Steve continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there's nothing further to say."

According to doctors contacted by Bloomberg, the type of cancer Jobs had in 2004 is treatable with a liver transplant. “These tumors often metastasize just to the liver,” said Abhinav Humar, clinical director of the Division of Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “It’s the most common place where they metastasize, and for that reason it’s one of the rare pancreatic cancers that you can treat with a liver transplant,” he added.

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    sstym , June 22, 2009 5:53 PM
    OMG I LOOOOOVe AppleThen, the computing world can move forward without the distraction of this freak show known as Apple.


    Whatever you think about Apple and the people who buy Apple products, Apple provides some measure of competition to Microsoft, which is invaluable. Imagine a world where Intel is the sole cpu manufacturer (Netburst every year: awesome), where Microsoft occupies 99% of the non-free OS market (willing to pay $300 for Windows?) and where nVidia is the only GPU manufacturer (and you'd pay twice the current amount for your discrete graphics card).
    I have never bought an Apple computer, but I am happy they exist. I am thankful for that segment of the population that buys Macs for their perceived benefits. They have one function: Keeping Microsoft in line.
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    tenor77 , June 22, 2009 4:52 PM
    I wonder if it was gold plated?

    I agree with you Bunz, but there are some people that treat him like a prophet or religious figure.
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    Thunderfox , June 22, 2009 4:29 PM
    I'm surprised this story took so long.
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    bunz_of_steel , June 22, 2009 4:47 PM
    Who stinkin cares? is the THG or Peoples magazine? wow what makes it here sometimes amazes me.
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    tenor77 , June 22, 2009 4:52 PM
    I wonder if it was gold plated?

    I agree with you Bunz, but there are some people that treat him like a prophet or religious figure.
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    sstym , June 22, 2009 5:01 PM
    Hopefully, Apple's stock value will stop being indexed on that man's life expectancy. I hope he recovers, and I also hope Apple investors stop being so dramatic about his influence on the company's value. Sure he is a good CEO and a great spokesperson, but I am sure Apple can find someone else to tell a horde of entranced fans that some two-year old technology is so incredibly awesome and new that no one else could have come up with it before another billion years.


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    Anonymous , June 22, 2009 5:06 PM
    Shouldn't this have been called a "hardware swap"?
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2009 5:16 PM
    It's worth noting that any type of transplant requires a lifetime of medication to supress one's immune system to prevent the organ from being rejected by the recipients body... Whenever Steve Jobs retires or dies, let's hope all of these giddy investors yank their money out of Apple immediately and cause it to collapse. Then, the computing world can move forward without the distraction of this freak show known as Apple.
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    sstym , June 22, 2009 5:53 PM
    OMG I LOOOOOVe AppleThen, the computing world can move forward without the distraction of this freak show known as Apple.


    Whatever you think about Apple and the people who buy Apple products, Apple provides some measure of competition to Microsoft, which is invaluable. Imagine a world where Intel is the sole cpu manufacturer (Netburst every year: awesome), where Microsoft occupies 99% of the non-free OS market (willing to pay $300 for Windows?) and where nVidia is the only GPU manufacturer (and you'd pay twice the current amount for your discrete graphics card).
    I have never bought an Apple computer, but I am happy they exist. I am thankful for that segment of the population that buys Macs for their perceived benefits. They have one function: Keeping Microsoft in line.
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    danimal_the_animal , June 22, 2009 5:53 PM
    Will he drink this liver away also?

    hehe
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    jsloan , June 22, 2009 6:06 PM
    while i honestly hope jobs gets better soon, investors may have a case against apple for misleading them.
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    Hellcatm , June 22, 2009 6:17 PM
    I wonder if Steve Jobs died if they would either not tell people and just say he's working from home or something or find a look alike of him and pretend he's alive. If he died Apple would go bye bye because the people there (and apple fanboys) wouldn't know what to do with themselves. So they would have to pretend he's alive, it would be the biggest conspiracy of the 21st century.
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    squatchman , June 22, 2009 6:24 PM
    Typical Apple attitude: Why bother fixing the part when you can just get a new one!
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    omnimodis78 , June 22, 2009 6:28 PM
    Really? I wonder how many people while I read that pointless crap from thirst? I know this is a tech site, and I understand that he has a high-profile, but come on, at least wait for him to die before you waste my time with such nonsense... Errr, then again I chose to read it... Hmmm.
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    omnimodis78 , June 22, 2009 6:29 PM
    Ooops - i meant to write ".....how many people died while I read...."
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    The Schnoz , June 22, 2009 7:34 PM
    Bunz_of_SteelWho stinkin cares? is the THG or Peoples magazine? wow what makes it here sometimes amazes me.

    You're an idiot. Whether you love Apple or hate Apple, they are still a driving force in the computer industry and the health of one of the most influential pioneers and innovators of the tech industry is more than welcome in a tech news site. The rumors don't belong here, but this is a legitimate story.
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    ravenware , June 22, 2009 9:23 PM
    Gee I wonder how a 54 year old man received a donor liver so fast?
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2009 10:52 PM
    sstym: You've missed the point by a mile. We don't need Apple, period... Why not promote the free OS vs non-free rather than promoting the most un-free OS ever as competition? CPU competition is great(and different in this case), AMD are the good guys fighting the good battle, even if they don't dominate the market. I'd love to see them overtake Intel, but I wouldn't like them to have a monopoly either... Apple is everything I hate about Microsoft, times 100. OSX is far behind Windows and Linux, they aren't providing anybody any competition, it's just a big scam...

    *hugs Phenom II 940 box running Linux*
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    Anonymous , June 23, 2009 12:08 AM
    How is OSX behind linux? It is running from the same base.
    How is OSX behind windows? I use both in my work (3D Animator) and find that OSX has usually had most features first (not all of course, but a lot) and more often than not, they are the useful ones that stop me going crazy. Like the way OSX will keep copying the rest of the files in the background while waiting for you to 'okay' a question on copying one of the files. I'm not a fanboy of any system, but apple is solid competition for microsoft and a lot of the reasons windows 7 is looking solid is because of pressure from apple.
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    Shadow703793 , June 23, 2009 12:46 AM
    Toms, what's up with the old news? This is like 2 days old! Many other sites have already reported this.

    For example: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=15478
    They posted this 2 days ago.
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    Anonymous , June 23, 2009 1:08 AM
    OSX steals from the Open Source community, and then rebadge it as their own, they're like just another mid-level amateur Linux distro, with the benefit of having a few(very few) hardware vendors onboard to write drivers for them. Pretty much every multimedia application on the planet runs far worse on OSX than Windows, the only thing Apple knows how to do is stifle competition. Emagic used to make Logic for Mac and PC until Apple bought them, then they eliminated the PC version(despite the fact that it sold more copies than the Mac version), just for the sake of forcing audio production people to buy a Mac. They also have that deal with Digidesign to not allow the "real" versions of Protools to have hardware compatibility with PC(M-powered does not count, I mean the HD/etc... hardware). Any company that charges such ridiculous prices for a product, and relies on shady, dishonest marketing to sell it is a scam, period, end of discussion...
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