It was a little over two years before his death in 2011 that Steve Jobs stopped coming into the office.
The Apple CEO was sick, gaunt, frail—unable to get out of bed thanks to a painful condition called ascites, a gastroenterological side effect of cancer that caused his belly to swell. By January 2009, Jobs was in desperate need of a liver transplant, and found one in the man who would eventually succeed him.
In Becoming Steve Jobs, a new biography by veteran technology reporter Brent Schlender and Fast Company executuve editor Rick Tetzeli (due out March 24), it’s revealed that current Apple CEO Tim Cook once offered an ailing Jobs a portion of his liver
One afternoon, Cook left the house feeling so upset that he had his own blood tested. He found out that he, like Steve, had a rare blood type, and guessed that it might be the same. He started doing research, and learned that it is possible to transfer a portion of a living person’s liver to someone in need of a transplant. About 6,000 living-donor transplants are performed every year in the United States, and the rate of success for both donor and recipient is high. The liver is a regenerative organ. The portion transplanted into the recipient will grow to a functional size, and the portion of the liver that the donor gives up will also grow back.
After going through a series of tests to determine whether a partial transplant was even feasible—it was—he stopped by Jobs’s home in Palo Alto to tell him the good news; Jobs refused. “He cut me off at the legs, almost before the words were out of my mouth,” said Cook. “‘No,’ he said. ‘I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that.'”
SOURCE: CHRIS GAYOMALI