Liver Transplant Hospital Bullish on Jobs' Prognosis

Transplant center denies Apple boss jumped waiting list
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 6:43 AM CDT
Apple CEO Steve Jobs smiles at a conference in San Francisco last year. A Tennessee hospital has confirmed that Jobs received a liver transplant there earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma )
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(Newser) – A Tennessee hospital has confirmed that Steve Jobs received a new liver there earlier this year, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The Apple boss "is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis," said officials at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, who issued a press release with Jobs' permission. They declined to say exactly when the transplant took place.

The institute's chief of transplantation said he wanted to tackle misconceptions that Jobs, who is based in California, went to Tennessee because of the state's shorter wait for organs. Jobs chose the hospital because it has some of the best survival rates in the nation, the doctor said. The Apple CEO was the sickest patient with his blood type on the waiting list when a liver became available, he added.