Jay Leno is updating concerned fans on his condition and state of health after suffering a “severe medical emergency” which prevented him from performing earlier this week. The longtime NBC alum Tonight’s show host, 72, shared in a statement with people magazine He is currently recovering after suffering “severe burns” in a recent car-related fire. In the statement, the comedian said, “I was badly burned by a gasoline fire. I’m doing well. I just need a week or two to get back on my feet.
Details of Leno’s accident from the Burbank Fire Department press release
As noted in a press release from the Burbank Fire Department (which was obtained by People), this incident occurred on November 12 around 12:30 p.m. Officials said they arrived at the scene, where they “assessed and treated an adult male patient” before transporting him to “a local emergency department.”
A Grossman Burn Center spokesperson, Aimee Bennett, also released a statement to the publication and confirmed that the You bet your life the host was being treated there after the incident that happened in his garage. “Jay wants everyone to know he is in stable condition and receiving treatment…for burns he suffered to his face and hands from a gas accident in his garage this weekend. end,” Bennett said. She added: “He is in good spirits and is touched by all the inquiries into his condition and wishes. [He] wants to let everyone know that he is fine and in “the best burn center in the United States.”
Leno’s employee shares more information about the incident
While it’s still unclear exactly what happened in Leno’s garage, we do know that Leno was working under a vehicle when it happened. George Swift, who identified himself as a Leno employee for 15 years, spoke with Go to Hollywood to give another recent update. Swift assured fans that Leno was doing much better. “He’s a badass, he’ll be fine,” Swift said, “He’s not life threatening. He’s in good spirits, but you know, it’s going to take time.
When Swift was asked how Leno was injured, he said the Last man standing the actor was working on a steam car in his garage, and it caught fire. “Steam is made by gas, and it was doused with gas and it ignited,” he added. Swift also said that although he was not present when Leno was injured, he was quickly informed of the accident by Leno himself. “He called me and told me there was a fire and the fire department was coming,” he said, adding that Leno was fully conscious and was currently receiving “the best care at a treatment center. burns”.
Leno’s doctor shares footage of his treatment
Dr. Peter Grossman, who is currently treating Leno and is the medical director of the Grossman Burn Center, announced Nov. 16 at a press conference that his patient was undergoing multiple sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy due to some of his burns. a little deeper and a little more concerning. According to the facility’s website, this treatment option can “speed burn healing by increasing the supply of oxygen to injured areas and reducing swelling, which is helpful in maintaining healthy blood circulation.” Leno (whose face was not visible) could also be seen in a video obtained by Inside Edition which showed the star wrapped in bandages as she lay inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber while receiving a treatment.
Grossman also told the press conference that Mavis Leno was “obviously very worried” about her husband of 42 years. “She’s by his side,” Grossman added of Leno’s wife, “They have a really close relationship, and she’s doing as well as you’d expect from a woman who’s worried about her husband. ” The doctor also described Leno as an “ideal patient” while in hospital and said, “He has been a remarkably kind and engaging patient. »
Grossman continued, “He handed out cookies to the kids in the burn unit. Mr. Leno has been very open about sharing information with you. The surgeon explained: “It’s Jay Leno – he walks around and makes jokes. He is incredibly kind to our caregivers. He is very docile. He really appreciates everyone here and he really is an ideal patient who understands the seriousness of his injury.
On Nov. 13, fans began voicing their concerns for Leno online after he canceled a scheduled Las Vegas performance due to a “severe medical emergency” (which we now know was the accident above). Leno was scheduled to perform at the Financial Brand Forum 2022, and fans received an email from The Financial Brand which read, “His family were unable to provide us with many details, but there was an emergency. very serious medical condition that prevents Jay from traveling.” The message continued: “All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight.”
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