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Rumors swirl about Jobs transplant

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It's a question everyone is asking: Did Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs have a liver transplant in Memphis?

Privacy laws have made it difficult for those tracking Jobs' trail.

"Whether we know something or not, it is confidential," said Kim Van Frank of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation.

Van Frank said why Jobs may have chosen Memphis for the surgery is still a mystery. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there is a policy in place that allows organ recipients to receive an organ from a state different from where the recipient lives. 

Several bloggers on the internet have linked Jobs to Memphis.  One blogger, on cultofmac.com, used an aviation scanner to track Jobs' private jet, saying, "It looks like he flew to Memphis on March 23."

Alexander Haislip of PEHub wrote that Jobs is moving to Memphis for medical reasons.  He wrote, "I heard there is a house in a swank neighborhood that's been bought for a princely sum."

According to Forbes, a $850,000 home in the Morningside Heights neighborhood could belong to Jobs.

"One of the things we want to make clear is that he's the CEO of a major company and has millions of dollars," Van Frank said. "That doesn't impact how someone goes about getting an organ."

Van Frank said typically a potential recipient is placed on a waiting list and matched with a donor based on how sick he or she is, how long he or she has been waiting, and his or her blood type.

"We simply hit a number of buttons on the computer and it runs a list of names, and beside those names, there's no race," she said. "We don't know what their title is, and we don't know how much money they make."

Van Frank said if a living donation is mad, the donor chooses who gets the organ.  Therefore, it is possible her organization would not have access to that information, since the recipient may not have been placed on a waiting list. 

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