Steve Jobs has a New Liver

200stevejobsWhen we saw Apple founder Steve Jobs getting skinnier and skinnier and looking a little older than he should, speculation was that he was dying. But now it looks like Jobs’ health may be on the upswing.

Although there were some reports of a potential liver transplant back in January,  Jobs managed to keep his medical decisions fairly private, at least for such a public person. According to the Wall Street Journal, which can be read in its entirety only by subscription, Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee two months ago. He is expected to return to work by the end of June, possibly in a part-time capacity. Jobs has been on leave since January.

There is speculation without confirmation that the pancreatic cancer Jobs battled in 2004 had spread to his liver. It’s sad that so many articles about Jobs’ health are focused on the price of Apple stock and the future of the company when a 54-year-old man is suffering and wants his privacy, both for his own peace of mind and for the welfare of his business. An organ transplant may be life-saving, but will commit you to a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs and the problems those always bring. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery.

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23 Responses to Steve Jobs has a New Liver

  1. No, it's sad when a 54 year old man who lives paycheck to paycheck couldn't afford to save his own life. It's sad when there are children who need life saving surgery and their parents can't afford and if they do get it they spend the rest of their lives paying for it. You don't know what sad is…

    • So if you had a diseased liver and the money to replace it, you'd donate it to starving kids instead? I call bullshit.

      He's doing what anyone would do, so don't let the anti-Apple hater in you out on something that is about a person, not a company.

      Steve Jobs is still Steve Jobs, and he's a person who can fall ill, so all the best to him on the road to recovery.

  2. No, it’s sad when a 54 year old man who lives paycheck to paycheck couldn’t afford to save his own life. It’s sad when there are children who need life saving surgery and their parents can’t afford and if they do get it they spend the rest of their lives paying for it. You don’t know what sad is…

    • So if you had a diseased liver and the money to replace it, you’d donate it to starving kids instead? I call bullshit.

      He’s doing what anyone would do, so don’t let the anti-Apple hater in you out on something that is about a person, not a company.

      Steve Jobs is still Steve Jobs, and he’s a person who can fall ill, so all the best to him on the road to recovery.

  3. Frankly i'd rather die a peaceful death and suffer in piece and know my parents loved me enough to try rather than have everyone in the world know everything about me everyday till I die. But hey you don't know what dignity is…..

    • Once again, I call bullshit.

      But beyond that, even if you aren't bullshitting, here's an important point – he's not you.

      Steve Jobs values his life and would actively spend money on living an extra few years with the people he loves.

      He TRIED to be dignified. In case you can't remember from reading the article seconds before writing your comment, he tried to keep it hush-hush.

      It's because of people like you trying to bring out his personal life and judging him for it that it's not a dignified news story. But the only thing that's undignified is the coverage – not how he handled his health.

      • Woo chill cowboy, I was pointing out the faults in the above argument, so hold your horses when you read stuff which may be full off irony and patronisation that was intended for the guy whining about something stupid.

        I don't like it when people use the sick children card as much as the next serious person it's a shameful way to try to back up a terrible point.

        • Fair enough, and for that, I apologise.

          But since it was disconnected from the original comment and not a reply (with which I would have probably seen the sarcasm better), I read it as just another knock on Steve Jobs. I've actually seen people use that argument for other famous people with illnesses (as in, the "die with dignity, don't string it out" thing), which is pretty disgusting.

          I'm glad I know there's not two people in a row that would let anti-Applism/anti-famous-people-using-their-money-to-get-healthyism ride to the forefront above wishing a human being well, though.

  4. Frankly i’d rather die a peaceful death and suffer in piece and know my parents loved me enough to try rather than have everyone in the world know everything about me everyday till I die. But hey you don’t know what dignity is…..

    • Once again, I call bullshit.

      But beyond that, even if you aren’t bullshitting, here’s an important point – he’s not you.

      Steve Jobs values his life and would actively spend money on living an extra few years with the people he loves.

      He TRIED to be dignified. In case you can’t remember from reading the article seconds before writing your comment, he tried to keep it hush-hush.

      It’s because of people like you trying to bring out his personal life and judging him for it that it’s not a dignified news story. But the only thing that’s undignified is the coverage – not how he handled his health.

      • Woo chill cowboy, I was pointing out the faults in the above argument, so hold your horses when you read stuff which may be full off irony and patronisation that was intended for the guy whining about something stupid.

        I don’t like it when people use the sick children card as much as the next serious person it’s a shameful way to try to back up a terrible point.

      • Woo chill cowboy, I was pointing out the faults in the above argument, so hold your horses when you read stuff which may be full off irony and patronisation that was intended for the guy whining about something stupid.

        I don’t like it when people use the sick children card as much as the next serious person it’s a shameful way to try to back up a terrible point.

        • Fair enough, and for that, I apologise.

          But since it was disconnected from the original comment and not a reply (with which I would have probably seen the sarcasm better), I read it as just another knock on Steve Jobs. I’ve actually seen people use that argument for other famous people with illnesses (as in, the “die with dignity, don’t string it out” thing), which is pretty disgusting.

          I’m glad I know there’s not two people in a row that would let anti-Applism/anti-famous-people-using-their-money-to-get-healthyism ride to the forefront above wishing a human being well, though.

  5. I guess I really don't know what sad is, since I never considered it to be relative. My husband died and left me with two small children, but he had health insurance at the time, so I guess that's not really a sad situation. I have no health insurance now, but I'm not sick as far as I know, so that's not really sad, either, huh? I've written extensively about the need for universal health care at other sites, so I know some really horrifying cases. I will try to restrict my empathy to only those who are the very worst off.

    • Don't let these morons who probably never faced life and death in quite as drastic as a way as others and who don't have the weight of thousands of employees and millions on the stock market judge people that do.

      Chances are that Danny wouldn't donate to starving kids over a liver transplant and that given the chance, Riley would choose a transplant to pointlessly dying just to be 'dignified' – it's entirely possible to help the planet and be dignified and still have a liver transplant.

      Jobs proved this – he WAS dignifed in his illness and is obviously doing all he can (cite: the latest Apple product refreshes) to make Apple a more environmental company (and thus help the planet).

  6. I guess I really don’t know what sad is, since I never considered it to be relative. My husband died and left me with two small children, but he had health insurance at the time, so I guess that’s not really a sad situation. I have no health insurance now, but I’m not sick as far as I know, so that’s not really sad, either, huh? I’ve written extensively about the need for universal health care at other sites, so I know some really horrifying cases. I will try to restrict my empathy to only those who are the very worst off.

    • Don’t let these morons who probably never faced life and death in quite as drastic as a way as others and who don’t have the weight of thousands of employees and millions on the stock market judge people that do.

      Chances are that Danny wouldn’t donate to starving kids over a liver transplant and that given the chance, Riley would choose a transplant to pointlessly dying just to be ‘dignified’ – it’s entirely possible to help the planet and be dignified and still have a liver transplant.

      Jobs proved this – he WAS dignifed in his illness and is obviously doing all he can (cite: the latest Apple product refreshes) to make Apple a more environmental company (and thus help the planet).

  7. I don't care much for Jobs, but I do wish him well!

    I also believe that we as a nation should have Universal Health Care so that anyone in that condition could afford such a surgery, too!

    Take care Steve!

    //bob

  8. I don’t care much for Jobs, but I do wish him well!
    I also believe that we as a nation should have Universal Health Care so that anyone in that condition could afford such a surgery, too!
    Take care Steve!
    //bob

  9. From some of the comments I read at other sites about this news, a lot of people are angry about this. How can Jobs be the "sickest patient on the waiting list"? Seems that the hospital that did the surgery saw dollar signs and a "free publicity" opportunity to make more money.

    Doctors are the number one killers in America. Not car accidents, plane crashes or cancer. Doctors. Healthcare has become so expensive that those who REALLY do need to have treatments cannot afford it unless if doctors and hospitals can screw your health insurance over real good.

    Put the blame for healthcare cost where it really belongs. Greedy doctors and big pharmaceutical companies. The medical industry is not in the business of "saving lives". They are in the business of generating death. Death makes them money. Not life. Not natural items, herbs and plants.

    In essence, doctors who take the "hippocratic oath" of "do no harm" are just hypocrites. Knowledge is power. You have to be your own doctor, medical advocate and do your own research. Because if you don't, the choice will be made for you. And the choice won't be in your "best interest".

    • “You have to be your own doctor, medical advocate and do your own research. Because if you don’t, the choice will be made for you. And the choice won’t be in your “best interest”.”

      Exactly. This is exactly what Steve Jobs did. Exactly what you advised. So don’t be all angry at him for it.

  10. From some of the comments I read at other sites about this news, a lot of people are angry about this. How can Jobs be the “sickest patient on the waiting list”? Seems that the hospital that did the surgery saw dollar signs and a “free publicity” opportunity to make more money.

    Doctors are the number one killers in America. Not car accidents, plane crashes or cancer. Doctors. Healthcare has become so expensive that those who REALLY do need to have treatments cannot afford it unless if doctors and hospitals can screw your health insurance over real good.

    Put the blame for healthcare cost where it really belongs. Greedy doctors and big pharmaceutical companies. The medical industry is not in the business of “saving lives”. They are in the business of generating death. Death makes them money. Not life. Not natural items, herbs and plants.

    In essence, doctors who take the “hippocratic oath” of “do no harm” are just hypocrites. Knowledge is power. You have to be your own doctor, medical advocate and do your own research. Because if you don’t, the choice will be made for you. And the choice won’t be in your “best interest”.

    • "You have to be your own doctor, medical advocate and do your own research. Because if you don’t, the choice will be made for you. And the choice won’t be in your “best interest”."

      Exactly. This is exactly what Steve Jobs did. Exactly what you advised. So don't be all angry at him for it.

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