As we reported last month, Apple guru and founder member Steve Jobs has taken a third leave of absence, but it appears now that he only has a short time to live as he is said to be suffering with a recurrence of pancreatic cancer which he was first diagnosed with in 2004.
Jobs released a statement late on in January which said, “At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health.”
Staff at Apple say they have seen him in the offices since then and word is he’s still pulling the strings from his home.
The story is being run by the National Enquirer who featured a very gaunt and grey looking Jobs on their cover stating that the creator of the iPod, iPad and iPhone has just six weeks left to live due to pancreatic cancer.
The 55 year old computer entrepreneur looks a shadow of himself in the images and his clothes hang loosely about his 6ft 2 in frame. As of yet the pictures haven’t made their way onto the internet, but they do show a man losing weight at an alarming rate, and he is recorded at 130lb (from 175lb before this latest cancer scare). They also say that his thinning hair is an indication of chemotherapy which is verified by photos taken on February 8th of him seen at the Stanford Cancer Centre in California.
Dr Jerome Spunberg told the enquirer that: ‘Mr Jobs is most likely getting outpatient chemotherapy at Stanford because the cancer has recurred.’
Another physician, Dr Gabe Mirkin, said: ‘He is terminal. What you are seeing is extreme muscle wasting from calorie deprivation, most likely caused by cancer. He has no muscle left in his buttocks, which is the last place to go. He definitely appears to be in the terminal stages of his life from these photos. I would be surprised if he weighed more than 130lb.’
[adsense]Dr Samuel Jacobson, a Critical Care physician told the Enquirer: ‘Judging from the photos, he is close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks. He is emaciated and looks to have lost a lot of muscle mass, which spells a poor prognosis.’
The real crux of the issue though is sadly not Mr. Jobs’ health, but rather the effect his ill health or possible death will have on Apple share prices. It’s a sad indictment of our times that a man’s financial worth is placed before his health.
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