Jay Leno Burns More Serious, But Expected to Make Full Recovery

The burns Jay Leno suffered in a car fire Saturday are more serious than was originally reported, his doctor told reporters Wednesday.

“Mr. Leno underwent what’s called a surgical excision and grafting procedure to his face, his chest and his hands,” Dr. Peter Grossman told ABC7 News. Leno sustained “deep second degree and third degree burns” when a vintage 1907 steam engine car he was working on in his Burbank garage caught fire.

Leno will need further surgery to remove damaged tissue and replace it with a biological skin substitute, Grossman said. He is also spending time in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which helps keep the burns from worsening and improves the outcome, according to Grossman.

Leno was transferred to the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills, Calif. after the accident. In a statement Monday, the former “The Tonight Show” host said, “I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.”

But Dr. Grossman said although the recovery time will likely be somewhat longer, Leno is in good spirits. “He’s Jay Leno. He’s walking around and he’s cracking jokes,” Grossman told the news media. “He wants to be active.” Grossman also said Leno was passing out cookies to the kids in the burn unit. He is expected to make a full recovery, the doctor said.

The comedian had been scheduled to attend a Las Vegas financial conference on Sunday but had to cancel his appearance due to a “serious medical emergency.”

You May Also Like

Jimi Hendrix Hated 1 Aspect of His Music, According to The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood and Jimi Hendrix might be two of the most recognizable…

Make wellness a priority at home with these easy hacks

During cold and flu season, there’s no better medicine than a little…

Madonna’s biopic was scrapped due to her wanting ‘near-total’ control over project

A much-anticipated Madonna biopic, that the singer wanted to co-write and direct…

3 dead, 1 missing as rain pounds New Zealand’s largest city

Authorities said Saturday that three people had died and at least one…

Nick Viall and Natalie Joy Are Engaged After Over 2 Years Together

The Bachelor fans have a lot to celebrate as Nick Viall, a…

Little People’s Isabel Roloff stuns fans as she shows off major hair makeover in new video

LITTLE People’s Isabel Roloff has re-vamped her look with a stunning makeover…

Vicky Kaushal in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’

Bollywood star Vicky Kaushal (“Uri: The Surgical Strike”) has been revealed as…

Every Jennifer Lopez Wedding Dress in Movies: Photos

Practice makes perfect! Jennifer Lopez‘s extensive filmography has offered the actress a…