“Saying a liver transplant saved his life, Apple CEO Steve Jobs convinced California lawmakers to draft organ donation legislation, unveiled at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s hospital Friday morning,” Lisa M. Krieger reports for The San Jose Mercury News. “The bill, SB 1395 by state Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, requires Californians who are applying for or renewing their drivers license to affirmatively accept or decline becoming a donor. The current system takes a more passive approach, merely providing a pink sticker to affix to a license.”
“The legislation would also create the nation’s first ‘living donor registry,’ allowing altruistic people to sign up to offer one of their kidneys to a sick person. Kidney donation is relatively safe and does not shorten life span, Stanford doctors said,” Krieger reports.
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Jobs’ “decision to go public with his transplant to help others was applauded by the governor, who is advocating for passage of the bill,” Krieger reports. “‘Steve Jobs’ was very instrumental in getting us here today,’ said the governor. ‘Steve Jobs told my wife about his transplant and she talked to me. Then we had great phone conversations back and forth… He knew that others don’t have a plane waiting for them to get to a transplant.'”
Jobs said, ‘There were not enough livers in California to go around. I was advised by my Stanford doctors to enroll on a list at a Memphis hospital, because it was more favorable to get a liver there,” Krieger reports. “‘I was fortunate,’ he said because he had the ability to fly cross country in the four-hour window needed to transplant a healthy organ. ‘Last year, 400 other Californians died waiting. I could have died.'”
Krieger reports, “He called current system ‘an obscure process’ with ‘no one asking the simple question: Will you donate your organs? Of his current health, the whippet-thin Jobs told other transplant survivors who attended the Friday news conference, ‘I’m feeling fine. I almost died. It’s been a pretty good last few months.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn W.” and “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]