Steve Jobs refused a liver transplant from Tim Cook

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs his liver.

According to a new book about the late Apple CEO, co-written by Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli and veteran reporter Brent Schlender, Tim Cook, the man who would eventually take over the technology empire, learned that he was a match for Jobs’s rare blood type. Mr Cook also found that they shared the same blood type. “He cut me off at the legs,” said Mr Cook, “almost before the words were out of my mouth. ”No’, he said, ‘I’ll never let you do that.

By that time, Jobs was in desperate need of a liver transplant — one of the many serious consequences of his years-long battle with pancreatic cancer. According to the book, Cook underwent tests and found he could provide Jobs with a partial liver transplant, which Jobs refused to accept. “Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them,” Cook apparently said. I’ll never do that.’” The book, penned by journalists Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, seeks to break down existing myths and stereotypes about Jobs, the creator of the iPhone, Apple’s best-ever-selling product.

The book’s summary promises never-before-told stories about Jobs from those who knew him personally, including Cook, Apple executive Jony Ive and Walt Disney Co. Not because the procedure was too difficult, or because his own health couldn’t withstand the surgery — but because Jobs refused. “I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. We’ve proved that it can be done — we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had,” Frank Graewe, head of Stellenbosch University’s Division of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, said in a statement. “It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world.” In the statement, the scientists added that penis transplants are particularly needed in South Africa, since many circumcisions there lead to complications that may result in penis loss. Two years later, shortly before he lost his battle with cancer, Jobs left Cook in charge of the company. “Somebody that’s selfish doesn’t reply like that,” Cook said. “I mean, here’s a guy, he’s dying, he’s very close to death because of his liver issue, and here’s someone healthy offering a way out.” “It was not, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It was not, ‘I’ll think about it.’ It was not, ‘Oh, the condition I’m in . . .’ It was, ‘No, I’m not doing that!'” Cook added. “He kind of popped up in bed and said that.

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