Jay Leno’s doctor gave an update on the comedian’s condition at a press conference on Wednesday, revealing, “His injuries are serious, his condition is good.”
Leno suffered “significant burns to his face and hands,” as well as his chest, while working under a car in Burbank, Calif., on Saturday, Dr. Peter Grossman told reporters. Since being in the hospital, the comedian has undergone surgery and is planning another later this week. Leno’s surgery was a “surgical excision and grafting procedure”.
“He did well with this surgery,” Grossman updated. “He’s in a good mood today.”
Initially, Leno suffered “deep second-degree” and possibly third-degree burns in the car fire.
“The burns are progressive and dynamic,” he added. “It’s hard to predict what the end result will be at this stage of the game.”
Grossman also expects Leno to make a ‘full recovery’.
“Right now there are elements of nerve damage,” he told Fox News Digital during the press conference. “I expect him to make a full recovery. It’s still too early to say if there will be any remnants of this injury.”
Grossman said Leno was kind during his treatment in the burn unit. At one point, he handed out cookies to children and helped other patients.
“We are very happy to have him in our team,” said the doctor.
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Leno said in a statement to Fox News Digital shortly after the accident, “I was badly burned by a gasoline fire. I’m fine. I just need a week or two to get back on my feet. .”
However, Grossman noted that Leno realizes it could take a little longer than “a week or two”.
“He seems like a gentleman who really doesn’t want to make a fuss about it,” Grossman told reporters. “He wants to get back to work, that’s what he does. I had to tell him he needs to take a step back and these things take time.”
“I feel he will be back to work soon,” he added.
Battalion Chief Dave Burke confirmed to Fox News Digital that Burbank Fire Department officials responded to an “emergency medical call” at 12:28 p.m. Saturday.
“After arriving on scene, BFD resources assessed and treated an adult male patient. The patient was transported to a local emergency department,” the statement read.
The former ‘Tonight Show’ star received ‘treatment at Grossman Burn Center for injuries to his face and hands from a gasoline accident in his garage,’ said Aimee Bennett, director of strategic communications at the West Hills. Hospital and Medical Center, in a statement provided to Fox News Digital.
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She added: “He is in good spirits and is touched by all the inquiries into his condition and wishes him well. He wants to let everyone know that he is fine and in ‘the best center. of burn care in the United States'”.
Leno has long been a connoisseur of car culture. He worked as a mechanic while rising through the ranks as a stand-up comedian, and he now owns over 280 unique vehicles.
The impressive collection of rare, old and vintage cars is said to be worth $50-100 million, but estimates vary due to forecasts of the selling price of some rare cars.
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