Steve Jobs has had a liver transplant. For a long time now people have been speculating about Jobs’ health and now it turns out two months ago Steve Jobs had a liver transplant.
Steve Musil reporting on CNET.News echoes a report from The Wall Street Journal telling us that while Steve Jobs has been on medical leave for the last six months he has had a liver transplant. During that period of time Apple Computer has been very silent with respect to his personal situation.
Musil’s article “Report: Steve Jobs had liver transplant” verifies the fact that two months ago Jobs had a liver transplant in Tennessee.
Jobs moved to Tennessee from California. As it turns out Tennessee has a shorter waiting list for patients seeking organs than California.
Jobs had originally stepped down as CEO of Apple but now that a successful transplant has been affected, may decide to increase his responsibilities over the next two or three months.
I was curious why there were fewer organs available in California than Tennessee. Was it simply because California was a larger state and had more people? It would seem that there would be a larger number of donors to off-set that situation.
Upon researching it I find it to be an interesting situation and, in fact a troubling situation.
Across the country the rate of organ donations is up by four percent. That is with the exception of California where the rate of donation is down a whopping 17 percent. According to resource material this may be due to ignorance. I doubt it. Not in the face of other obvious circumstances.
In 1997 gays began to be allowed to obtain organs. While a person with full-blown AIDS cannot benefit from an organ donation, when a person is diagnosed early, an organ transplant may be beneficial. However, when a person is HIV-positive they cannot donate organs and when a person dies from AIDS they cannot donate organs. That means that unlike conditions such as heart attack, the entire spectrum of HIV-related death and illness puts a moratorium on a large segment of California’s potential donors.
Finally, people are afraid to get donations from donors in California for the very same reasons.
It seems that Steve Jobs is going to be increasing his responsibilities at Apple. His journey may have shined a light on a disturbing situation in California.