Liver transplant

Steve Jobs: 'I was almost one of the ones that died waiting for a liver'

March 19, 2010: 7:36 PM ET

A year later, he talks about the liver transplant operation that saved his life.

Credit: San Jose Mercury News video

"I was lucky," said Steve Jobs in brief remarks Friday in support of a new California organ donation bill. "Because many others died waiting for a transplant."

After being introduced as "the Steve" by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Apple's (AAPL) CEO spoke for only the second time in public about the liver transplant he received in great secrecy last year, answering in the process several of the questions that swirled around the operation at the time -- including when it happened and why it happened in Memphis.

"I was receiving great care here in Stanford," he said, "but there were simply not enough livers to go around. And my doctors here advised me to enroll in a transplant program in Memphis, Tenn., where the supply/demand ratio is more favorable than it is here in California. And I was lucky enough to get a liver in time. As a matter of fact, this coming week is my one year anniversary."

A video of the event is available here through the San Jose Mercury News and posted below the fold.


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