Methodist University Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs Liver Transplant

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare today issued a brief press release confirming that Steve Jobs did receive a liver transplant at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. The release was issued with Jobs' permission several days after The Wall Street Journal reported that Jobs received the transplant in Tennessee two months ago.

    Addressing speculation that Jobs' fame and wealth may have enabled him to gain access to a donor liver ahead of other patients on the waiting list, the release notes that Jobs had qualified on the basis of being the sickest patient of his blood type at the time the donor liver became available.
    The release also points out that the institute is one of the ten largest liver transplant centers in the United States and has one of the highest patient survival rates in the country, factors which led to Jobs' decision to have the procedure performed there.

    Several sources have reported that Jobs returned to work at Apple's Cupertino headquarters yesterday, although rumors suggest that he may limit himself to a part-time basis for the next month or two.

    Article Link: Methodist University Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs Liver Transplant
  2. lozanoj83 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2006
    Southern California
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    Well good on him, hopefully he makes a speedy and well
  3. darijoe macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    Sounds like he had excellent treatment! Hope Steve is feeling good. We love ya!! :D
  4. VanMac macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    Glad they fixed you up Steve!

    Praying that you pull through and live a long and prosperous life.:)
  5. cmfilms macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2009
    Central Iowa
    Well that makes sense right there. Plus it certainly emphasizes how sick Steve was.:(
  6. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    I do not believe this statement at all. When ever someone famous goes to a hospital (or anywhere), they usually get treatment first. I don't like that at all, but that is what usually happens.
  7. redking31591 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    I think that because after analysis he was the sickest person on the list show his dedication to his job. It is amazing that he worked everyday for as long as he did if he really was that sick. Liver problems don't appear overnight and he probably was in need of a transplant since last years WWDC. Hope he's doing well and can't wait to see what he shows us next!!!!
  8. Fluffy Bunny macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    "he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type"

    Mmm, that doesn't sound too good.

    Of course the next question will be "what blood type is he?"
  9. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
  10. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    The only advantage Jobs had with regards to his transplant was he didn't have to sell his home, car, etc to pay for his transplant. I have an aunt that's about to be placed on the liver transplant list, and her doctors have already warned her that the transplant itself will cost between $500,000-$1,000,000 and her post-transplant prescriptions will total $35,000 per year for the foreseeable future. :eek:

    To top it off, she has insurance yet it's practically worthless. Surprisingly, most "normal people" insurance doesn't cover transplants.
  11. atropos macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2003
    Ottawa, ON; Alhambra, CA
    I only wondering for what reason to cause his liver failure:(
  12. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Hospitals don't decide on who gets an organ.
  13. Feng Shui macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2008
    The hell. Steve Jobs is an economy-driving machine. He'll save more lives by keeping people employed.
  14. inkswamp macrumors 68030


    Jan 26, 2003
    Am I the only one who doesn't give a @#$& about all this liver transplant news? Why does anyone care?
  15. daveschroeder macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Madison, WI

    "confirmed today, with the patient's permission, that Steve Jobs received a liver transplant"
  16. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    OMG it really did happen. I hope your okay Steve!

  17. applecultvictim macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2009
    Surely this has to be the most wonderful quote from a main page article, ever.
  18. stefman macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    I'm glad the article mentioned his prognosis is good. Look forward to a healthy Steve running Apple :apple:
  19. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    You certainly care enough to say how much you don't care.

    I think people care because this is a site about Apple News and Rumors and Steve Jobs is the CEO and Founder of Apple. Seems that a liver transplant would be newsworthy.
  20. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    This is all the media's fault. This is a dumb article, and Steve's personal privacy has been completely invaded. There's no reason why a press release should be made when someone gets a liver transplant. Nobody will shut up until there are cameras following him around all day.
  21. rstone3 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2007
    I agree with the latter point (about getting away with crimes) but disagree with the former. It is true that famous people get different care since they are often kept away from the public but I would assert the care they get is not as good in many ways. What you want when getting care is to get it in almost an assembly-line fashion for the best result. Anything that breaks the pattern has potential for decreasing success. It is also true that the transplant list is 'blind' to the name of the potential recipient.

    He may not have been extremely ill to get a transplant - there is a 'point of no return' sort of a scenario built the selection process - you have to be the sickest to a point but not so sick as to likely not survive the surgery or recovery period.

    And, to the poster that noted HIPAA was being violated - The Wall Street Journal did that, but not the hospital since the press release was done with Steve's permission.

    I hope he continues to do well - back to work in fairly short order after such a procedure is a good sign. We wish you the best, Steve!
  22. Pugpuppydude macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2008
    Apple stock negatively correlates with Steve Jobs Health.
    What other company is set up like this?
  23. acidblue macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Roswell, GA (unfortunately)
    Do you have any valid data to back up such a statement? Or, are you honestly saying that the hospital has no credibility?
  24. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Sounds like the WSJ article was done with Steve's permission also. In fact, I'm inclined to believe it was him or Apple's PR that leaked the story on a Friday night during a major product launch.

    It was all too convenient.
  25. Virtuo macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I agree it's a plausible hypothesis, but without any evidence (studies, surveys, etc...) it's just a hypothesis. It just irks me when people make assertions as if they researched the matter. Sorry.
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