Jay Leno expected to make a full recovery after a car fire

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Jay Leno will undergo a second surgery at a burn center, but is expected to make a “full recovery,” according to his doctor. (Photo: REUTERS/Terje Bendiksby/NTB scanpix)

According to his doctor, Jay Leno is expected to “fully recover” from his serious injuries.

A press conference was held on Wednesday to discuss the former Tonight Show host’s prognosis after burns sustained in a fire at his car garage on Saturday. Dr. Peter Grossman, who is taking care of Leno at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, Calif., said a second surgery is planned for the 72-year-old comedian, who is in good spirits.

Grossman, a plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for burn patients, said Leno underwent one surgery so far following his garage fire in Burbank, California, which caused “significant” burns, according to Los Angeles news station KTTV and People magazine. He will undergo further treatment and a second surgery is scheduled for later this week.

Grossman explained that Leno suffered “deep second-degree” and possibly some third-degree burns to his face, hands, and chest. He noted, “Some of the facial burns are a little deeper and a little more concerning.” In addition, the thickness of Leno’s skin was damaged.

Leno underwent a surgical excision and grafting procedure, which involved removing non-viable tissue that would delay wound healing and applying a biologic skin substitute to the burns to speed healing. He is also undergoing “very aggressive” hyperbaric oxygen therapy – a treatment that increases oxygen to injured areas to speed up healing. He said there was no evidence of nerve damage.

While the injuries are “severe,” Leno’s condition is “good,” Grossman noted. “I expect him to make a full recovery.” However, he added that “it is too early to say” whether there will be “remnants of this injury”.

For now, the Garage from Jay Leno host is “in good spirits” at the hospital, where he has been a “remarkably kind and endearing” patient. Earlier in the day, Grossman said he handed out cookies to children being treated at the hospital.

“He walks around and he jokes. I can tell you he’s incredibly nice to our nursing staff. He’s very accommodating. He’s very grateful to everyone here and really an ideal patient,” said Grossman.

Leno said in a statement Monday that he “needed a week or two to get back on his feet.” However, Grossman said he told him it “takes time” and that he should “take a step back.”

“He’s very accommodating, he understands that,” Grossman continued. “I think he realizes he may need to take it a little easier than he initially expected, but I have a feeling he’ll be back to work soon and back to doing the things he likes. does. cars and going out and meeting people.”

Leno spoke to TMZ from his hospital bed on Monday and revealed he had third-degree burns. He told the outlet that he was repairing his 1907 White Steam Car, which had a clogged fuel line. There was a fuel leak and gas was sprayed on his face and hands. A spark set Leno on fire. Fortunately, a friend present smothered the flames, preventing more serious injuries, and Leno was taken to the burn unit.

Those kind of cars on it Garage from Jay Leno, is difficult to operate. Leno demonstrated starting it, in this video from 2012, and he burned his hand (around 4 minutes).

Leno owns about 180 exotic cars and 160 motorcycles, most of which reside in his 12,000-square-foot garage.

News of Leno’s health emergency first broke Monday morning after he canceled a private comedy show scheduled for Sunday, citing a health issue. His spokesman confirmed he had “severe burns from a petrol fire” but that he was fine.

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