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Jobs' Doctor Speaks
CNBC.com | June 24, 2009 | 04:47 PM EDT

It was extraordinary enough that Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee released a statement last night confirming that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a liver transplant, and the circumstances surrounding how he secured the procedure.

So it was a little surprising - to say the least - that Dr. James Eason, who runs the hospital's transplantation unit, and led the team that operated on Jobs, met with local reporters in Memphis to offer more details in connection with the Jobs' procedure.

"Mr. Jobs is doing fine," the doctor said.

Dr. Eason's press conference today, and the statement released by the hospital last night, were designed to blunt mounting criticism that Jobs somehow received special consideration because of his wealth and influence.

Dr. Eason began his comments by talking about the success his hospital has enjoyed with various transplants, including livers. He was asked whether it was easier for someone with certain stature or income to get a transplant.

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