WSJ reports Steve Jobs had liver transplant

June 19, 2009 11:53:58 PM PDT
On Friday night word spread of a secret surgery Apple CEO Steve Jobs underwent. A pancreatic cancer survivor, Jobs had a liver transplant a couple of months ago in another state. It was a major operation no one knew aboutSteve Jobs is reportedly recovering well. According to the Wall Street Journal, Jobs received a liver transplant about two months ago in Tennessee, where the waiting period for a liver transplant is significantly shorter than in other parts of the country.

The health of Apple's chief executive has been a source of mounting concern over the last year as jobs displayed considerable weight loss.

Jobs cited a hormone imbalance, then took a leave of absence in January saying that treatment for it was more complex than he thought. Jobs is a survivor of pancreatic cancer, which he was treated for back in 2004.

The Wall Street Journal reports a few Apple directors were aware of the surgery. Apple has been criticized in the past from some shareholders over what they say has been limited disclosure of their CEO's health problems.

"I think shareholders have been nervous and will continue to be nervous and again it will depend on how he looks, what his prognosis is and how forthcoming Apple is. If Apple continues to be quiet about Steve Jobs' health, I think shareholders will continue to worry," says tech analyst Larry Magid.

This revelation of Jobs's surgery comes on the same day as Apple's iPhone 3 GS began selling in stores.

Jobs is expected to go back to work later this month, although he is likely to work part-time initially.

Link: Wall Street Journal article: Jobs Had Liver Transplant

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