Steve Jobs may have had a liver transplant (updated)

When Jobs announced that he was leaving Apple for a few months on medical leave there was a lot of speculation that his cancer may have returned. He left in January with an undisclosed medical condition and with it being only days away from his presumable return to the top of Apple reports are surfacing that he had a liver transplant.

According to the Wall Street Journal Jobs had a liver transplant in Tennessee approximately two months ago for reasons that are unknown but it is reported that he is in good health and is on track to return to Apple at the end of June. When Jobs does return he may only work initially part time because of the major surgery.

"William Hawkins, a doctor specializing in pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., said that the type of slow-growing pancreatic tumor Mr. Jobs had will commonly metastasize in another organ during a patient's lifetime, and that the organ is usually the liver. 'All total, 75% of patients are going to have the disease spread over the course of their life,' said Dr. Hawkins, who has not treated Mr. Jobs."

Apple has fared well without Jobs at the helm with a successful launch of the iPhone 3G S occurring during his absence the company can survive without Jobs making every decision. But, Jobs is a rare breed who is credited with saving Apple and is an excellent businessman who could sell ketchup to a mustard company. We wish Steve the best and hope that he returns soon as we all benefit, Mac and Windows users, from his ideas.

Update:

Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee has stated that they did perform a liver transplant surgery and that his prognosis is excellent. They have also denied that his status level pushed him to the top of the transplant list.

"In a statement posted on its Web site, the hospital said Mr. Jobs had received the organ because he had the most urgent need for a new liver when one became available."

The statement posting on its website, which Jobs gave permission, was a stark contrast to the usual "no comment" mentality. We wish Jobs a speedy recovery and can't wait to see what his presence on stage at the next Apple keynote will bring.

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maybe the jailbreak rom should have been called yellowsk1n?

get well soon steve!

edit: last night i saw an advert on UK tv for the new iphone. I simply cannot believe that the selling point was "video capability" when the existing hardware is capable of that already (when jailbroken) plus the fact that basically every phone on the market today can record video. Given the cost of the iphone on a contract in the UK, they are simply taking the **** by not allowing existing iphones to record video and pushing the isheep into a costly unjustified upgrade. If any other company did this, there would be outrage, people would be leaving apple for other platforms by the thousand. Jobs has targetted the "non-technical" user with his ease of use interface, now he's raping their wallets for cash as they know no better. unbelievable. Even more unbelievable is the fact that so called tech-savvy people stand for this blatant exploitation. He must be laughing his head off.

wake up people, this guy is having a laugh at your expense. Hitler created the beetle as the people's car.....

ZombieFly said,
maybe the jailbreak rom should have been called yellowsk1n?

get well soon steve!

edit: last night i saw an advert on UK tv for the new iphone. I simply cannot believe that the selling point was "video capability" when the existing hardware is capable of that already (when jailbroken) plus the fact that basically every phone on the market today can record video. Given the cost of the iphone on a contract in the UK, they are simply taking the **** by not allowing existing iphones to record video and pushing the isheep into a costly unjustified upgrade. If any other company did this, there would be outrage, people would be leaving apple for other platforms by the thousand. Jobs has targetted the "non-technical" user with his ease of use interface, now he's raping their wallets for cash as they know no better. unbelievable. Even more unbelievable is the fact that so called tech-savvy people stand for this blatant exploitation. He must be laughing his head off.

wake up people, this guy is having a laugh at your expense. Hitler created the beetle as the people's car.....


I agree but what do you expect from delusional apple fanboys?

May i firstly say i couldn't give a flying **** about his health as i have more important things to worry about.

Guess what? he doesn't give a **** about you! save your time and stop pretending to give a **** about somone you don't even know! just buy his **** and stfu!!

Tommy DW said,
May i firstly say i couldn't give a flying **** about his health as i have more important things to worry about.

Guess what? he doesn't give a **** about you! save your time and stop pretending to give a **** about somone you don't even know! just buy his **** and stfu!!

Why are you reading this and posting here then if you have more important things to worry about?

GEIST said,
Why are you reading this and posting here then if you have more important things to worry about?

Posting a comment == he cares whether Jobs will live??
Don't think so.

since he experieced the position of the patient now, maybe Apple will invent something for the medic sector in IT

I hate Steve Jobs, but that does not mean I want him to die, I pray for a succesful transplant/operation for him and a good health for him. Hoping for a miracle to happen. May technology help him as he change many people's lives with his innovations and technological ideas.

If he has pancreatic cancer, then the prognosis will be pretty bad. Perhaps he should start donating his millions to fund more research into the problem.

The only thing worse than suffering with a medical condition like this is having to see it all over the web.

Let's either leave the guy alone to recover in peace or start posting medical reports on other players in the tech field. No need to play favorites.

C_Guy said,
The only thing worse than suffering with a medical condition like this is having to see it all over the web.

Let's either leave the guy alone to recover in peace or start posting medical reports on other players in the tech field. No need to play favorites.

My thoughts exactly. Seriously, stick to tech news.

I feel bad for the sick children dying because mr. Jobs had to cut in the donor list. Because of his status/wealth, mr Jobs was treated faster then other liver patients.

Sick I call it

Yep. Why donate $20 to a good cause when you can help some guy profit from someone else's suffering? Sick, sick , sick.

In the time it took me to write this response a handful people died. Too bad, Steve Jobs contributed nothing to charity in his life.

My father was hospitalized in March after a 2 week long string of events including Jaundice, Nausea, Fatigue, etc. Once admitted, the doctors said it was a tumor on the head of his pancreas and he has Pancreatic Cancer. Luckly, being on the head of the pancreas, it pinched his Bial Duct to cause the overflow of toxins in his system (aka: Jaundice).

This was an early warning... Most people do not have this warning and it's full blown spread through the Pancreas before they find out. He was offered the chance to have something called a Pancreaticoduodenectomy (for short, Whipple) procedure performed and he took it.

Now, 2 1/2 months after surgery .. He is recovering very slowly. He lost nearly 50+lbs of weight and is trying so hard to gain it back but it's tough. The doctors have put him in a state of depression with "factual data" on Pancreatic Cancer patients lifespan (normally: 1 year .. 2-3 if lucky). They also said, most patients have the cancer come back after being dormant in lymph nodes within the first year or two in the same area (liver, pancreas, etc). This type of cancer is very tough and little research is put into it considering it's uncommon.

My prayers are with Mr. Jobs.. I've seen first hand what this can do to someone and I wish him the best throughout his recovery.

Because it's news about the head of one of the major technology companies in the world? If it were Joe the Apple factory worker, then no, it wouldn't be news. But it's Steve Jobs. Any time the leader of a company goes through something like this it's news to that company's market, and to the stock markets and shareholders. I'm seriously growing tired of all of the "that's not news" or "what's that doing on the front page" posts. Comments like that have nothing to do with the conversation and only incite riots, similar to those who hijack threads in the forums. Are we going to have to start warning people?

Brendando said,
The iPhone, the Mac and the iPod. :P. (He was the guy behind all three, so you know! ;))


I agree with you on iPod and iPhone that it changed the industry, but Mac (or a PC with OSX installed) did nothing earth shattering.

ricknl said,
I agree with you on iPod and iPhone that it changed the industry, but Mac (or a PC with OSX installed) did nothing earth shattering.

Placing themselves in the classrooms of so many children in the US as their first interaction with a computer of any kind, 25+ years ago wasn't earth shattering? If not for Apple there wouldn't have been computers in the classrooms for many for decades to come. I'm not a "fanboy" of any platform, but I find flaw in your assessment.

Shane Pitman said,
Are we going to have to start warning people?

the guy asked a legit question. you answered explaining the impact of such news on the stock market and shareholders.good that's it. why do you need to warn him ? Just because you feel like "this is our place, and I'll go on a freaking mad warning spree" ? good! go ahead!

Shane Pitman said,
Placing themselves in the classrooms of so many children in the US as their first interaction with a computer of any kind, 25+ years ago wasn't earth shattering? If not for Apple there wouldn't have been computers in the classrooms for many for decades to come. I'm not a "fanboy" of any platform, but I find flaw in your assessment.

You can't make assumptions like that. You just can't.

neowinid said,
the guy asked a legit question. you answered explaining the impact of such news on the stock market and shareholders.good that's it. why do you need to warn him ? Just because you feel like "this is our place, and I'll go on a freaking mad warning spree" ? good! go ahead!

I didn't say I was going to warn him. I said:

I'm seriously growing tired of all of the "that's not news" or "what's that doing on the front page" posts. Comments like that have nothing to do with the conversation and only incite riots, similar to those who hijack threads in the forums. Are we going to have to start warning people?

And that is a valid statement. Every time people post comments like that in our news articles it completely derails the topic of discussion and provides nothing of value to the conversation at hand. It's a warnable offense in the forums, so why shouldn't it be here? Nowhere did I say "you're getting a warning." I merely asked if that's what we're going to have to start doing to get people to realize that those comments aren't welcome on the front page anymore than derailing a thread would be in the forums.

Shane Pitman said,
Placing themselves in the classrooms of so many children in the US as their first interaction with a computer of any kind, 25+ years ago wasn't earth shattering? If not for Apple there wouldn't have been computers in the classrooms for many for decades to come. I'm not a "fanboy" of any platform, but I find flaw in your assessment.


I am not denying the impact of 'Mac' in computer industry. After all Windows started by licensing certain espacts of the GUI from Apple. But that was in 80s and very early 90s. When Steve came back to Apple as the CEO nothing was done earth shattering about 'Mac' appart from switching to a PC model, which they had been bashing for decades.

As for placing computers in classrooms. I don't think it was really for charity purposes but it was a business investment. All those children would use Apple when they grew up - which by surprise was not the case. By 1996 Apple was at a state of near bankruptcy, and they were saved by the industry, ironicaly, also by the help of Microsoft.

Where Steve was successful as the CEO and where they really made their money was with iPods and iPhones. Worldwide, OSX still has a marketshare of around 3%.

Harbinger said,
You can't make assumptions like that. You just can't.

That's not an assumption, it's a fact. Apple computers were the first experience many students had for decades. Apple positioned themselves with the school systems by providing economical advantages for the schools to use their systems, and for many years students got their first introductions to computing on an Apple product.

Shane Pitman said,
That's not an assumption, it's a fact. Apple computers were the first experience many students had for decades. Apple positioned themselves with the school systems by providing economical advantages for the schools to use their systems, and for many years students got their first introductions to computing on an Apple product.


Believe it or not, Microsoft would be dying to do that too, they are just not allowed. Why do you try to show that this is some sort of 'charity'; of course it is not.

ricknl said,
Believe it or not, Microsoft would be dying to do that too, they are just not allowed. Why do you try to show that this is some sort of 'charity'; of course it is not.

I said nothing of the sort of it being a charity. It was a marketing strategy if anything. Get the Apple products in their hands at an early age, let them learn on them, and then hope they'll continue to buy and use Apple products as they age. It had nothing to do with Microsoft, and besides, we're talking 25+ years ago, as most school systems have long since switched to PC platforms for their classroom systems.

ricknl said,
And your point is?

*sigh* Let's go back to your original comment that I replied to.

ricknl said,
I agree with you on iPod and iPhone that it changed the industry, but Mac (or a PC with OSX installed) did nothing earth shattering.

Positioning themselves as the first computing experience for generations of school children wasn't "earth shattering" as you put it? That was an extremely game changing event for the world of computing and clearly impacted where we all are now, no matter which platform you prefer. Yes, it was decades ago, but it's still the same company, and Steve jobs is the head of that company.

Shane Pitman said,
*sigh* Let's go back to your original comment that I replied to.



Positioning themselves as the first computing experience for generations of school children wasn't "earth shattering" as you put it? That was an extremely game changing event for the world of computing and clearly impacted where we all are now, no matter which platform you prefer. Yes, it was decades ago, but it's still the same company, and Steve jobs is the head of that company.


Well... Okay happy to hear the "generations" in the United States had this experience and it was a game changer for the company, so much that it ended up with a collapse.

And I am sorry to be the one to break the news but there is a world beyond the United States, and for something to be earth shattering for the computer industry, I'd expect it to have some impact everywhere.

Shane Pitman said,
*sigh* Let's go back to your original comment that I replied to.

Positioning themselves as the first computing experience for generations of school children wasn't "earth shattering" as you put it? That was an extremely game changing event for the world of computing and clearly impacted where we all are now, no matter which platform you prefer. Yes, it was decades ago, but it's still the same company, and Steve jobs is the head of that company.

Let it go Shane. It's an Apple related newspiece; people are going to derail it to the grave. Just look at the other ones posted.

Though, I do agree with you.

Man I find it so frustrating when people do so little research. I mean, Macs were probably one of the most innovative products in early computing.

And please, don't make this into another flame war, and just recognize the contribution and the health problems of Steve Jobs and end it there.

ricknl said,

Well... Okay happy to hear the "generations" in the United States had this experience and it was a game changer for the company, so much that it ended up with a collapse.

And I am sorry to be the one to break the news but there is a world beyond the United States, and for something to be earth shattering for the computer industry, I'd expect it to have some impact everywhere.

You fail to see how a global organization can be affected by a change in any country that it operates in, and how that change therefore affects the world that it operates in? Really?

January 5, 2009:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said Monday that doctors may have discovered the cause of the weight loss that has caused speculation about his health, adding that he will continue to serve as the computer maker's chief executive.

In a letter to the "Apple community," Jobs said the cause appears to be "a hormone imbalance that has been 'robbing' me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis."

[...]

Investors were relieved to hear that Jobs' condition is improving. Shares of Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) rose about 4% in Monday trading, even as the Nasdaq declined.

"It should alleviate an overhang on the stock," said Shannon Cross, technology analyst for Cross Research. "It should provide [investors] with more confidence that Steve Jobs is going to be around for a while."

I hope Mr. Jobs gets better, and I also hope he can answer for the discrepancy between a hormonal imbalance and a cancer requiring a liver transplant to his shareholders, as I imagine they are wondering if they were lied to.

Whether you love or hate the Apple company, you have to admire the contributions that Steve Jobs has made to the personal computing industry; not to mention media players and cellular telephones. He is truly an innovative visionary. I hope that he makes a speedy, full recovery.

You know that he actually didn't even the pc right he didn't even make the first mac steve wozniak made it all himself and the os too with only a little help from someone else to make the monitor output code. Steve was just the business man but he's great at that so it fits well. While I have some gripes with Apple I gotta admit Jobs just knows how to sell things.

Steve generally has the vision. No he doesn't make the products himself, but he steers them the way he wants them to be

Mr. Jobes the best Marketing Guru.. He is a person who brings life to a product. i have watched atleat evey keynote. which he has presented.... Missed him too much at the WWDC09......... Well Philip Schiller did a nice job... But what i found was that he was in a quick hurry in presenting.. the keynote.... but what was lacking.. was no feeling of emotional touch, that Mr. Jobs brings in a product....... Well i wish Mr. Jobs a speedy recovery...... and get as soon as possible into Apple world.... which everone admires for....... God Bless our GURU Mr. Jobs...................

No one should have to go through cancer, it's a terrible disease!

But you are right, I don't like the guy or how his company has to bash Microsoft to look superior

Well the real bashing of Microsoft started after Jobs left. I guess without Jobs they feel weaker, so they make fun of Microsoft, much like a bully would make fun of a kid to cover up his/her insecurities.

DanielZ said,
Well the real bashing of Microsoft started after Jobs left. I guess without Jobs they feel weaker, so they make fun of Microsoft, much like a bully would make fun of a kid to cover up his/her insecurities.

They've always mocked MS. Regardless I wish Mr Jobs a speedy recovery on the way to good health!

While this is a sad situation and Jobs has done great things for Apple this should be a lesson to all 'recreational' drug users... this is what you get for abusing yourself.

mikefarinha said,
While this is a sad situation and Jobs has done great things for Apple this should be a lesson to all 'recreational' drug users... this is what you get for abusing yourself.

And your proof that the two are related is....what?

neufuse said,
Even if you don't like the guy, you have to feel sorry for anyone that has to go through cancer

+1

It's disturbing to see people are still bashing him here. How tasteless.