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Hospital: Jobs "excellent" after liver transplant

updated 10:35 pm EDT, Tue June 23, 2009

Jobs transplant confirmed

Confirming earlier reports that Steve Jobs traveled to Tennessee for transplant surgery, the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute on Tuesday acknowledged the Apple executive did, in fact, receive a liver transplant. The operation was announced by James D. Eason, M.D., the Program Director, with consent from Jobs to release the information.

Although specific details were not disclosed, Eason claims Jobs is "recovering well and has an excellent prognosis." The transplant was approved after the executive became the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease). The ranking effectively qualified him as the sickest patient on the waiting list for his blood type.

Although surgery centers are plentiful in California, the early leaks suggest Jobs traveled to Tennessee due to shorter waiting lists. The Transplant Institute policies allegedly do not consider residency a requirement. While national waiting times average 306 days, patients in Tennessee average just 48 days before receiving a transplant.

Following the leak, Methodist University claimed Steve Jobs was not listed as a patient there. The wording did not explicitly deny his presence prior to the statement, however.

A rumor claims the executive may have purchased a mansion in Memphis, which was used as a recovery location in close proximity to Methodist University in case of a complication. The 7,500 square-foot building is owned by an LLC associated with a law firm, although the attorney involved with the purchase has declined to comment.

While the Memphis mansion rumor remains unconfirmed, Jobs was recently spotted back on the Apple campus. The company has not yet disclosed further details of the CEO's health status, although he is expected to return on time from his six-month leave of absence.

by MacNN Staff



  1. macnorway2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh, so THAT is what...

    ... he's been doing...

    "he is expected to return on time from his s**-month leave of absence."

    s**-month? Sounds like recreation to me.

  1. Skwidspawn

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Someone explain to me how this is not a HIPAA violation please.

  1. johncarync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I missed s** month!!??

    When was s** month? Did I miss it again? Dammit! My friends always let me know when it's "Talk Like a Pirate" day but nobody reminds me of s** month! Come on!

  1. chas_m




    Glad he's doing better, another bullet dodged it would seem.

    I hope that he'll come back, and then later this summer announce a (future) date for his retirement. It would seem that Apple can run perfectly fine without him there day-to-day ... exactly as he has been telling us all this time. Of course we'll want him "available for consulting" for as long as possible, but Apple can stand on its own two feet now methinks.

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Swidkspan: "The operation was announced by James D. Eason, M.D., the Program Director, with consent from Jobs to release the information." That's how.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "with consent from Jobs to release the information."

    if true then there's your answer.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    s** month...

    and not only did no one tell us this, but apparently you can get a leave of absence from work for it!!

  1. DarkVader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    go away jobs

    I don't wish the man ill health, but it's really far past time for him to leave Apple.

    There's a reason he was fired in the '80s, and he should have stayed fired.

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