Report: Jobs Considering Liver Transplant

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs kicks off his company's Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote address in San Francisco, June 9, 2008. CBS/Larry Magid

As if Steve Jobs and Apple haven't commanded enough headlines during the past couple of weeks. Late Friday, Bloomberg reported that Jobs is considering a liver transplant.

In a telephone interview with Bloomberg's Connie Guglielmo, Jobs refused to comment on his health status: "Why don't you guys leave me alone--why is this important?"

The article, which quotes anonymous sources said to be "monitoring his illness," says that Jobs is weighing the transplant "as a result of complications after treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2004."

A spokesman for Apple said the company had no comment on the report.

On Wednesday, Jobs announced he was stepping aside for a six-month medical leave of absence. The mystery over his drastic weight loss has fed all sorts of speculation about what's ailing him. In an e-mail to Apple employees, Jobs wrote the following:


"...during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought. In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June."

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"I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan."

By Charles Cooper

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