Jay Leno’s doctor gave an update on the comedian’s health during a news conference on Wednesday, revealing, “His injuries are serious, his condition is good.”
Leno suffered “severe burns to his face and hands” and chest while working under a car in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday, Dr. Peter Grossman to reporters. Since being in the hospital, the comedian has undergone surgery and has another scheduled for later this week. Leno’s operation was a “surgical procedure of excision and transplantation”.
“He came through this surgery fine,” Grossman updated. “He’s in a good mood today.”
First, Leno suffered “deep second-degree burns” and possibly third-degree burns in the car fire.
“Burn injuries are progressive and dynamic,” he added. “It’s difficult 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 news conference. “I expect he will make a full recovery. Whether there will still be remnants of this injury is far too early to tell.”
Grossman said that Leno was kind during treatment in the burn unit. At one point he gave out cookies to children and helped other patients.
“We are very happy to have him on our team,” said the doctor.
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Leno said in a statement to Fox News Digital shortly after the accident: “I suffered some serious burns from a petrol fire. I am fine. It only takes me a week or two to get back on my feet.”
However, Grossman noted that Leno recognizes this could take a little longer than “a week or two.”
“He seems like a gentleman who really doesn’t want to make a big deal out of it,” Grossman told reporters. “He wants to go back to work, he does. I had to tell him he had to step back a bit and these things take time.”
“I have a feeling he’ll be back to work soon,” he added.
Battalion Chief Dave Burke confirmed to Fox News Digital that officers with the Burbank Fire Department responded to an “emergency medical call” at 12:28 p.m. Saturday
“Upon arrival on site, BFD resources assessed and treated an adult male patient. The patient was taken to a local emergency room,” the statement said.
The former “Tonight Show” star was “treated at the Grossman Burn Center for injuries to his face and hands from a gasoline accident in his garage,” Aimee Bennett, director of strategic communications at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said in a statement Fox News Digital.
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She added: “He is in good spirits and touched by all the inquiries about his condition and well wishes. He wants everyone to know that he is fine and at ‘the best burn center in the United States.’
Leno has long been a connoisseur of car culture. He worked as a mechanic, rose up as a stand-up comedian and now owns more than 280 unique vehicles.
The impressive collection of rare, antique and classic cars is said to be worth between $50 million and $100 million, but estimates vary based on predictions of what some rare cars might sell for.
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