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Apple CEO Jobs received transplant at Methodist

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Apple Inc. co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs received a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, hospital officials said in a press release Tuesday night.

Dr. James D. Eason said Jobs received the transplant in accordance with the Transplant Institute policies and United Network for Organ Sharing policies.

Jobs received a liver transplant because he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type and, therefore, the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available.

Eason said Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis.  Jobs gave the hospital permission to release details about his transplant.

According to a Reuters report, Jobs returned to work at Apple's Cupertino, California headquarters on Monday.

Jobs' transplant was veiled in secrecy, though the Wall Street Journal reported that at least some Apple directors were aware of the surgery.

Few CEOs are considered as instrumental to their companies as Jobs has been to Apple since he returned in 1997 after a 12-year hiatus. With Jobs serving as head showman and demanding elegance in product design, Apple has expanded from a niche computer maker to become the dominant producer of portable music players and a huge player in the cell phone business. News and rumors about his health send Apple stock soaring or plunging.

Jobs disclosed in August 2004 that he had been diagnosed with - and cured of - a rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.

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