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Apple's Jobs had a liver transplant

City A.M. Reporter
APPLE chief executive Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant at a Tennessee hospital and has &ldquo;an excellent prognosis&rdquo;, the hospital that performed the operation has confirmed.<br /><br />Jobs, 54, received the transplant because he was &ldquo;the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available,&rdquo; the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute said.<br /><br />&ldquo;Jobs is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis,&rdquo; the hospital said. James Eason, program director at the institute and the hospital's chief of transplantation, added that the confirmation had come with Jobs&rsquo;s permission.<br /><br />The hospital did not release details of Job&rsquo;s condition or when the operation was performed, but it is thought the transplant took place about two months ago.<br /><br />Apple shares have often fluctuated on speculation about Jobs&rsquo; health. The executive, considered by many investors to be the driving force behind Apple&rsquo;s reputation for innovation, was treated in 2004 for a rare form of pancreatic cancer called a neuroendocrine tumor.