On Wednesday, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak suffered a minor stroke while attending a conference in Mexico City, reports ABC News and The New York Times.
The 73-year-old was scheduled to speak at the World Business Forum event on the subject of the “Digital Future.” Wednesday morning while typing at his computer, he suffered a dizzy spell and reported difficulty walking. His wife convinced him to go to the hospital, where he received an MRI. The doctors determined that he suffered a “small capillary leak,” according to the NYT.
Wozniak flew home to Los Gatos, California, on Thursday, and he told The Times, “I’m back home and feeling good.” He related discomfort in the hospital with having to stay on a gurney for 24 hours without being allowed to roll on his side.
In 1976, Steve Wozniak cofounded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in Los Altos, California. As an electronics engineer, Wozniak designed two pioneering machines, the Apple 1 (1976) and the Apple II (1977), that set a template many personal computers would follow. In particular, the Apple II’s success made Apple a household name in the late 1970s and set the course for the company’s continued success.
Wozniak officially left full-time daily employment at Apple in 1985, although he was already less involved with the company’s day-to-day operations before then. Despite leaving his active role in the company, Wozniak never actually severed his official employment status with Apple and remains an employee on paper, receiving a stipend from the company. Steve Jobs died in 2011, and Wozniak remains a goodwill ambassador for the company he cofounded.
These days, Wozniak travels the world and gives talks about technology. In October, he shared a hectic schedule that featured 18 speaking locations around the world, including stops in Warsaw, Rio de Janeiro, and Ecuador. The New York Times reports that this recent health scare means he will have to cancel speaking engagements in Dubai, Colombia, and Azerbaijan. “That’s life for me in the busy times,” Wozniak told the outlet.