News: WSJ Says Steve Jobs Had Liver Transplant

Posted on June 20, 2009

Although yesterday’s iPhone news was pretty positive, it might be overshadowed by a story that was just published by The Wall Street Journal stating that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant about two months ago.

Although the exact source is not provided, the story is reporting that Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee to treat ongoing complications related to his pancreatic cancer in 2004, possibly also related to the hormonal imbalance mentioned in January. The story continues to explain more:

The chief executive has been recovering well and is expected to return to work on schedule later this month, though he may work part-time initially.

Mr. Jobs didn’t respond to an email requesting comment. “Steve continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there’s nothing further to say,” said Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton.

When he does return, Mr. Jobs may be encouraged by his physicians to initially “work part-time for a month or two,” a person familiar with the thinking at Apple said. That may lead Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer, to take “a more encompassing role,” this person said. The person added that Mr. Cook may be appointed to Apple’s board in the not-too-distant future.

For more information on the exact type of procedure, survival rates, and more, check out the initial news story. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for a rapid recovery.

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