The Steve Jobs Liver
Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs apparently had a liver transplant in Tennessee two months ago, though the WSJ is speculating that perhaps it's not as innocent as it sounds:
Getting a liver transplant to treat a metastasized neuroendocrine tumor is controversial because livers are scarce and the surgery's efficacy as a cure hasn't been proved, Dr. Hawkins added. He said that patients whose tumors have metastasized can live for as many as 10 years without any treatment so it is hard to determine how successful a transplant has been in curing the disease.
The specifics of Mr. Jobs's surgery couldn't be established, but according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the transplant network in the U.S., there are no residency requirements for transplants. Having the procedure done in Tennessee makes sense because its list of patients waiting for transplants is shorter than in many other states. According to data provided by UNOS, in 2006, the median number of days from joining the liver waiting list to transplant was 306 nationally. In Tennessee, it was 48 days.
If Mr. Jobs hadn't shown up in Tennessee to claim a liver, where would that liver have gone? To someone who may have needed it in fewer than 10 years?
Is this just another example of a billionaire CEO leveraging his wealth and status to get what he/she wants without thinking the rules that apply to the rest of us commoners apply to them? Or was Jobs critically ill?
Anyone out there qualified to answer any of these questions? It appears to me that the folks at Apple are doing more than protecting their volatile stock price.