Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), recently shared some of his fondest memories with Steve Jobs that reveal a more humane side of Apple Inc.’s founder and former CEO Steve Jobs.
In his recent update, Tim Cook told a touching story of his friendship with Steve Jobs that reveals some interesting facts surrounding the death of the former CEO. Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011. He was apparently become irritable in his last days due to increased pain in his belly.
Due to his deteriorating his he was also in need of a liver transplant. He was put on the list of people in California who were awaiting liver transplant. Tim Cook became aware of this fact in January 2009.
In case of Steve Jobs, the liver transplant was a distant possibility due to a rare chance of getting a donor. Tim Cook got so upset upon seeing the condition of his friend that he got his blood tested. Surprisingly, his blood type matched with that of Steve’s. He found hope when he learned that it is possible to transfer the part of liver to a living donor to the recipient. A small part of liver tissue is transplanted in the recipient where it grows to a functional liver. Tim Cook decided to give a part of his liver to his friend. He went through the necessary tests to ensure the healthiness of his liver for the transplant.
One day, in the afternoon, He went to Steve’s house at Palo Alto, California. He showed Steve his medical records and expressed the desire to donate a part of his liver. Steve instantly refused the generous offer. Tim assured him that he was at no risk by the proposed transplant. Yet Steve remained firm on his decision. Tim says that he was shocked at Steve’s reaction. It was a reaction of a kind man, according to Tim.
It is difficult to believe Tim Cook’s recollection. It is unclear if he is making an attempt to glorify the image of Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) founder. Whatever may be the case, Apple’s current CEO certainly has a different opinion about Steve Jobs.