Commissioner Terry Roland questioned whether Apple CEO Steve Jobs received his 2009 transplant because he bought a house owned by the chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
During the debate, commissioner Terry Roland asked: “Steve Jobs moved here and he got a liver real quick because he bought the Chancellor’s house?”
The house in question is a US$1.3 million Midtown home at 36 Morningside Cove that once belonged to the chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, according to the Memphis Daily News.
The house was later bought by Dr. James Eason, the transplant surgeon who performed the operation on Jobs, with financing from the limited liability corporation that Jobs formed to purchase the house, according to the paper.
Eason claimed there was no house-transplant deal: “Absolutely not. All of his hospital care was covered entirely by insurance, like it would be for any other insurance. I took care of him and visited him in that home and when I learned that it was going to be going on the market, I asked the administrator of the LLC if I could purchase it.”
Regarding the suggestion that Jobs qualified for the transplant because he had bought the Chancellors house, Eason said: “I’ve heard those same rumours. Steve Jobs did not have to own a house here. He was the top person on that list that day because he was the sickest person on the list that day.”