Article details Steve Jobs' liver transplant battle

Apple chief's experience spurs California organ donor bill

Apple CEO Steve Jobs went to great lengths to get his liver transplant in 2009, according to an article in Forbes magazine.

Jobs' search for a new liver began in late 2008 when he learned his liver was failing. Jobs was one of 3,400 Californians waiting for a new liver in 2009. Only 671 got one.

The Forbes article goes on to speculate that Jobs would have then travelled the US, seeing multiple doctors at various hospitals in order to get on as many waiting lists as possible. Of course most people can't afford to go to such lengths to get a donor organ, and insurance companies only cover one listing because getting listed is very expensive.

Jobs was lucky because in mid-March one of the hospitals Jobs was listed at contacted him to confirm they had a transplant for him.

The hospital was in Memphis, Tennessee, so in order to qualify for the organ, according to the Forbes source, Jobs asked a firm of local lawyers to create a limited-liability corporation called LCHG LLC in the area. He also bought a mansion in Memphis's wealthiest neighborhood.

About a month after the surgery Jobs moved into the Memphis mansion to recuperate.

His experience lead Jobs to start a battle to establish America's first registry of people willing to donate their organs for transplantation. He was bothered by the fact that he had survived liver failure because he had the money to go to such lengths to get a donor organ. Jobs' second battle began when he told California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife of his experiences. He suggested to Maria that she should get her husband to do something about the situation.

On Friday 19 March Jobs appeared at an event at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital where he, the Governor, and Senator Alquist were scheduled to announce the California organ donor bill.

At the event governor Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced Jobs saying: "It's great to have Steve Jobs here, who I think was very instrumental in getting us here today and to have us come up with this great bill that will change a lot here in California."

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