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Report: Apple Chief Had Liver Transplant

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.

  • Thunderfox
    I'm surprised this story took so long.
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  • bunz_of_steel
    Who stinkin cares? is the THG or Peoples magazine? wow what makes it here sometimes amazes me.
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  • tenor77
    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
    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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  • Shouldn't this have been called a "hardware swap"?
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  • 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
    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
    Will he drink this liver away also?

    hehe
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  • jsloan
    while i honestly hope jobs gets better soon, investors may have a case against apple for misleading them.
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  • Hellcatm
    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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