The burns Jay Leno suffered in a car fire Saturday are more serious than was originally reported.
His doctor said, “Mr. Leno underwent what’s called a surgical excision and grafting procedure to his face, his chest and his hands". 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. He is also spending time in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which helps keep the burns from worsening and improves the outcome.
Leno was transferred to the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills, Calif. after the accident.
His doctor 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. 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.
Source: Variety, TMZ.
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