“Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant at a Tennessee hospital and has ‘an excellent prognosis,’ the hospital that performed the operation confirmed on Tuesday,” Gabriel Madway reports for Reuters.
“Jobs, 54, received the transplant because he was ‘the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available,’ the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute said in a statement on its Website,” Madway reports
“‘Mr. Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis,’ the statement said. James Eason, program director at the institute and the hospital’s chief of transplantation, added that the confirmation had come with Jobs’s permission,” Madway reports
“Hospital spokeswoman Ruth Ann Hale did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Jobs’ condition. A prognosis refers to a doctor’s prediction regarding the probable course of a disease, disorder or injury,” Madway reports.
“A Reuters witness spotted Jobs at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California, on Monday and Jobs was quoted in a company press release,” Madway reports. “The company would not say whether Jobs is off medical leave and back at work. Apple has said repeatedly that it looks forward to his return at the end of June.”
“Pancreatic cancer often spreads to the liver, but it is not clear if Jobs received a transplant for that reason,” Madway reports. “Doctors without knowledge of Jobs’s specific condition have said if the tumor migrated to the liver from the pancreas, a liver transplant may be an effective treatment and he could lead a normal life.”
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