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

(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.

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.
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 )
Apple CEO Steve Jobs smiles during a presentation in San Francisco last year as he talks about his health.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs smiles during a presentation in San Francisco last year as he talks about his health.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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Mr. Jobs underwent a complete transplant evaluation and was listed for transplantation for an approved indication in accordance with the Transplant Institute policies.
- Statement from Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute

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