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Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs's Liver Transplant 402

CNet is reporting that the hospital where Apple's CEO reportedly got a liver transplant two months ago has now confirmed the truth of these reports. "Steve Jobs underwent his liver transplant about two months ago at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, the hospital confirmed Tuesday. Jobs, who returned to work Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday after a six-month medical leave, 'is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis,' according to a statement by Dr. James D. Eason, the program director of the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. ... While Eason said the confirmation was being provided with Jobs's approval, he cited patient confidentially in saying that he could not reveal any further information on the specifics of Jobs's surgery."
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Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs's Liver Transplant

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  • by caladine ( 1290184 ) on Tuesday June 23, 2009 @11:31PM (#28448711)

    I wonder how much trouble Apple may get into for calling Jobs' problem a "hormone imbalance" to their investors.

    A hormonal imbalance is one thing, and a liver transplant is a completely different animal.

  • by mlyle ( 148697 ) on Tuesday June 23, 2009 @11:34PM (#28448727)

    Are you dense?

    From your own quote:

    While Eason said the confirmation was being provided with Jobs' approval ...

  • by OverlordQ ( 264228 ) on Tuesday June 23, 2009 @11:51PM (#28448857) Journal

    If I view the story here [] it's fine, but when viewing it at the 'friendly' url [] it spews crap [] all over the place. Namely those last three bars and that row of bubbles.

    Come on Slashdot, if you at least fix this, I'll stop complaining about idle.

  • by reverseengineer ( 580922 ) on Tuesday June 23, 2009 @11:52PM (#28448865)
    Well, if Jobs was experiencing liver failure, it probably was accompanied by hormone imbalances- the liver is responsible for breaking down a wide variety of hormones, most notably the steroid hormones. So the idea that he was suffering from a "hormone imbalance" is probably true, but omitting the proximate cause of that hormone imbalance, if it happened to be liver failure, is being less than completely honest to the public and to Apple's investors.
  • by E IS mC(Square) ( 721736 ) on Tuesday June 23, 2009 @11:56PM (#28448883) Journal
    without mods? This is article about the messiah of the Apple cult. Wait till they release their mod army.

  • by sl0ppy ( 454532 ) on Wednesday June 24, 2009 @12:00AM (#28448915)

    go to help & preferences, click on classic index - general, and check use classic index.

    that got rid of it for me.

  • Re:I feel anger. (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 24, 2009 @12:39AM (#28449095)

    Um, 80% or more of people could afford this if they wanted to. A charter flight doesn't cost much when you're talking about your life, or when you're talking about transplant costs for that matter. The average car loan is something like $26,000. A last-minute charter across the country would only cost about that much. This link:

    Says I could get a flight leaving at 4am tomorrow morning from Seattle to Memphis with a 3:40 flight duration for about $15k. How can it be that all of these poor, defenseless, need-our-help Americans can rack up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt but can't get themselves to a kidney center? It doesn't add up. And I'm pretty sure that most of them have families, and churches and communities that would help defray the costs. In fact I doubt that you'd even need a chartered flight. You can probably bump people on commercial flights for this, and if you couldn't you could just fly standby and wave $1,000 in the face of any passenger willing to give up their seat. That would probably end up in a quicker arrival than any charter option short of a private airfield with a stand-by pilot. When price is not much of an object, commercial air transportation is pretty dang fast.

    Sources I found online say that a liver must be transplanted within 8 to 20 hours of removal. I don't see how transportation within the continental US is a problem.

  • by DesScorp ( 410532 ) <> on Wednesday June 24, 2009 @02:13AM (#28449591) Homepage Journal

    "Plus really, considering that Apple has plans to appoint a new CEO if Jobs dies, they have done all they need to for their shareholders."

    Today's Wall Street Journal made the argument that it is in fact more important to hang onto the guy that's been running the shop in Jobs' absence. Tim Cook has now run Apple twice in Jobs' stead, and has impressed both times. Jobs will inevitably retire (or die) sooner rather than later, and there seems to be no doubt that they want to keep the captain's chair for Cook. While he was never given the "interim CEO" title, the Journal notes that he's pretty much done the CEO job this past year, including negotiations with AT&T on iPhone issues. He's already on Nike's board, and again, according to the same story, Motorola and Dell both tried to snatch him a year ago. Right now, he's making a pittance compared to Jobs, and under his watch, Apple's stock has gone up 60% since January. I agree with the Journal here, and I think Apple would be wise to cough up a lot of cash to keep this guy. Pretty much everyone agrees the guy is indispensable.

    WSJ: Stand-In shines at Apple []

  • by dogmatixpsych ( 786818 ) on Wednesday June 24, 2009 @06:35AM (#28450669) Journal
    As someone who has worked with a hospital transplant team, Steve Jobs did absolutely nothing wrong. There is nothing that stops people from doing something similar to what Jobs did - finding the best center with the shortest waiting line; in fact, people do it all the time. Sure, there are plenty of people who cannot afford to do what he did but there are many who can - I saw (and still see it) all the time.

    He could pay for the procedure with cash but people who use insurance get transplants all the time. Further, because of Jobs' socioeconomic status - as a transplant team you'd want to give him an organ because he would be able to maintain it. That can be a huge factor in who gets organs and who doesn't. If someone does not have any family to help take care of them or money to hire nursing help and if that person has questionable self-health care and practices (like they are still drinking alcohol and need a liver transplant), then they probably will not get an organ. Jobs will most likely really take care of his transplant, especially because he can pay for additional help.

    In no way did he con the transplant system.
  • Re:I feel anger. (Score:3, Informative)

    by bkr1_2k ( 237627 ) on Wednesday June 24, 2009 @07:08AM (#28450795)

    That's nice. How many banks are going to give you a loan (last minute I might add) for a flight taking you to your potential death? How many loan officers give loans to people with the expectation that the person has a better than 80% chance of dying in the next year? Get real. 80% of people couldn't afford that, and you know it.

  • by BobMcD ( 601576 ) on Wednesday June 24, 2009 @10:45AM (#28452401)

    "Seeing is believing, but too often we only see what we want to believe."

  • by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Wednesday June 24, 2009 @01:40PM (#28455343)

    I find myself in the oddest of paradoxes: I can afford whatever electronic toys I wish, yet cannot afford the basic necessities of family life.

    Thats because your idea of 'necessities' is not actually what real necessities of life are: Food and Shelter. Are you saying you can't afford food and shelter, or that you can't afford the food and shelter that they other guy has?

    Just because you are jealous of someone elses assets and position in life doesn't mean your life sucks, it just means your perspective sucks and you're a whiney little bitch.

    I'm sorry the world wasn't just handed over too you after you went to college. You're acting like your life is hard. It isn't. No Americans life is hard, not even those guys living under a bridge. You have absolutely no idea what a hard life is, if you did you wouldn't be comparing yourself to someone with real issues.

    Your father enjoyed a better life because he had perspective, which you do not. You think everyone else should fix the problem for you, he fixed his position in life himself. The education you got in college was not the one you needed. Economics aren't why you are 'worse off than your parents'. The reason you are worse off than your parents is because you have an issue with your place in life.

    Try managing your money better. Try not spending so god damn much and putting yourself so far in debt. My guess is that your dad lived during the depression so he had a little more financial sense than you who has never really had a hard day in your life.

    The problem here really is you, sorry. All you're doing is whineing and telling us how hard your life is and how much worse it is than your parents life. It isn't worse. Its far better. Your parents made a mistake, they worked too hard and hid the shitty parts from you far too well, you are spoiled.

    If you're argument is 'I can buy neat electronic toys but I cant afford the basic necssities of family life' than perhaps, the solution is ...


    Move to a country outside of America, where life actually DOES suck, gets some perspective, then maybe you'll stop being so self absorbed and realize your life isn't nearly as shitty as you think it is.

    The companies haven't changed. The country hasn't changed. You finally grew up and had to start dealing with responsibility, which apparently you aren't' very good at handling.

    You can't buy a house where you work, so what? Welcome to reality, its that way everywhere for many people and has been for thousands of years, its not different just now for you.

    Your first child was a decade later? SO? Shit happens, thats a stupid fucking metric for figuring your 'quality of life'. I was born when my father was 55 and mother was 52. Does that mean my parents had almost the worst possible life known to man or does it mean that children weren't the priority in their life at that point? WHY are you having kids 10 years later, everyone else isn't. So we're not having children at age 12 now, thats not a bad thing, we all live longer, theres no reason to rush it unless you're one of those retarded people with a 'life plan' who is too stupid to realize life doesn't work according to your plans.

    No retirment plan? And whos fault is that? If you think a 401k is a gamble then you will never have a retirement plan. ALL INVESTMENTS ARE A GAMBLE. A 401k can be as safe as any investment, or as risky as gambling in Vegas. Of course, the same is true for a savings account at your local bank or credit union. They never go under or lose money or anything right?

    If you lose your job, you have a fair amount of time before they will actually throw you out of your home and take it from you, that time is more than enough to recover if you make a serious effort to do so. The bank really DOESN'T want your house, they WILL work with you for a good period of time, its in t

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