Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs's Transplant, Denies He Received Preferential Treatment

With Steve Jobs's consent, the Memphis hospital that conducted his liver transplant two months ago issued a statement denying he received any special treatment, classifying him as "the sickest person on the waiting list."

Presumably in response to the New York Times' speculation that Jobs' wealth and influence helped him secure a liver sooner than he might otherwise have, the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee issued a statement with Jobs's consent that denied any such thing happened.

"He received a liver transplant because he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type and, therefore, the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available," the hospital said. In addition, Tennessee has a much smaller waiting list than a larger state, like California, which also expedited the process.

The statement does not go into any more detail on the subject, citing a respect for Jobs's privacy, but does note that Jobs is "recovering well and has an excellent prognosis." So that should put any ugly speculation to rest.