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WSJ: Jobs had liver transplant

updated 01:35 am EDT, Sat June 20, 2009

WSJ: Jobs has new liver

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs is recovering from a liver transplant (subscription required). The Apple CEO reportedly had the surgery two months ago in Tennessee and is still on track to return to work later this month, but possibly on a part-time basis.

Jobs did not respond to the newspaper's request for an interview, but The Journal quotes sources close to Jobs as saying he may work a reduced schedule for "a month or two." The report said at least some members of Apple's board were aware of the surgery.

The Journal report cites medical experts who say it is not uncommon for pancreatic cancer to spread to the liver, but provided no direct information about the reason for Jobs' surgery.

Apple has repeatedly insisted that Jobs will return from his six-month medical leave in late June, but has refused any further comment. Jobs went on leave in January citing complications from a hormone imbalance resulting from treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2004. There have been numerous rumors and even sightings of the elusive Jobs, but he has made no official comment since January.

by MacNN Staff




  1. cartoonasaur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get well soon, Steve

    Major news. Heavy implications.

    I hope he's doing well - not for the sake of Apple, but for the sake of his family and friends and his own wonderfully private self... Good luck Steve - we're pulling for you!

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I concur...

    Tech world be damned, i hope he is going to come back full steam asap, as a person, not as the tech messiah.

    - A

  1. lowededwookie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Isn't the live tough?

    Isn't it the live than can be 75% removed and yet still grow back?

    I suppose it's where the cancer spread if it did.

    Get well soon anyway whatever the case may be.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hopefully, there

    is no liver rejection problems. It's said that they usually don't do liver transplantation if there is cancer present in any other parts of the body, so Steve may likely be cancer-free. I guess the news media is going to have a field day with this story. Lots of speculation and little facts about Steve's health and liver transplant survival rates. I might as well get ready for the doom and gloom news media talk.

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969



    s**** the Wall Street journal and their Subscription Service.

    A faintly veiled attempt to get more. What a bunch of ghouls

  1. jfelbab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If you say so...

    An unsourced article in a newspaper? Really?

    You are young yet‥but the time will arrive when you will learn to judge for yourself. ‥Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.
    [1845 E. A. Poe in Graham's Mag. Nov. 194]

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Panic has past

    I wish Steve Jobs all the best and hope he returns to continue to Apple. But, I think it should be pointed out that he's clearly left the company in great shape with the right leaders at the helm. The products that have been coming out are consistent with what we have come to expect from Apple and there's no indication of slowdown. Steve's condition was such a panic issue when it was learned he was having some medical issues - that time has past and turns out the sun still continued to rise.

    Hopefully this will not become another media blitz with a bunch of rumors and speculation. Again, Get Well Soon.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: ghouls

    Yes, how dare they charge for their content. Don't they know that all newspapers are supposed to deliver their content for free.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Jobs health

    I hope Steve Jobs is doing well, and continues to do so..

    I'm discouraged that all we have so far is two un-sourced reports.. If Jobs had wanted this public, he'd have taken care of it himself, or Apple would have... This type of invasion of privacy really is ghoulish and unprofessional... If you feel the same, let WSJ know.. I have.

    re: slider - I'd agree with you more if the people he left in charge weren't ruining the Pro laptop line-up to please consumers... and I doubt Jobs would have let ATT rain on the 3GS announcement and launch the way they have...

    But I digress..

    Regardless... I hope Steve Jobs recovery is successful and he gets time to enjoy his health with his friends and loved ones. Apple, and it's fans, (and yes, even trolls here) can wait.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    While I certainly only wish for the best for Jobs and his health, it seems many are missing some of what's going on here.

    Bemoaning all the ink you're going to be seeing on this, all the speculation and prognostications? Jobs own fault; if he had come clean from day one, almost NO speculation or hype would be possible.

    Think the media is invading his private life? Yeah it would be for me and you, but this is a very public person (his choice) who heads a very public corporation (his choice). As such, you have to give up a little of that privacy... certainly with medical conditions that speak directly to your ability to run said public company.

    Lastly, there ARE all sorts of SEC rules about this. You know, those pesky rules that IF they had ben actually applied might not have led to sure a severe recession... you know the ones responsible for millions losing their jobs?

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