TV presenter Jay Leno is heading home from the hospital, after being treated in an oxygen chamber for severe burns sustained in a fire while working in his garage.
The Grossman Burn Center announced Monday that the comedian, 72, has been released after a 10-day stay at the facility, sharing a photo of Leno smiling with some of the staff who treated him. Burn marks could be clearly seen on his chin, neck and hand.
Leno was being treated at the facility for more than a week after his 1907 steam powered car burst into flames, causing burns to his upper body and face.
His doctor previously warned that the once-popular late-night host may suffer permanent scarring as a result, but said in a statement on Monday that he is pleased with his progress after the star spent time in an oxygen chamber.
Dr. Peter Grossman added that he is “optimistic that he will make a full recovery” as he continues to receive follow-up care at the Grossman Outpatient Burn Clinic “for burns to his face, chest and hands.”
The burn center also noted: ‘Jay would like everyone to know how grateful he is for the care he received and is very grateful for all the well wishes.
“He is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family and friends, and wishes everyone a wonderful holiday.”
The Grossman Burn Center announced Monday that comedian Jay Leno, 72, has been released from the facility.
He shared a photo of himself smiling with some of the medical staff who have treated him for the past 10 days.
His hand appeared badly burned and scarred after a fire explosion in his garage.
The former late night presenter was being treated for his burns in an oxygen chamber.
Leno was hospitalized on November 12 after a fire erupted in his garage, where he keeps several vintage cars as part of a collection.
George Swift, a mechanic in the comedian’s personal garage, said Eastern Time that it was a steam car that sent Leno to the hospital.
It was a steam car. This vapor was made by gas. It was sprayed, like a gas, ‘Swift, a mechanic who works in the garage,’ he said.
“He called me and told me there was a fire and the fire department was coming,” the employee continued.
The Burbank Fire Department later confirmed that they were dispatched to the overnight host’s home around 12:30 p.m. that day, and when they arrived, they evaluated and treated “an adult male.”
Leno was then transported to a local emergency room before being transferred to the Grossman Burn Center for further care.
A spokesperson for the medical center told People at the time that Leno “is in good spirits and touched by all the inquiries about his condition and we wish him the best.”
He wants everyone to know that he’s doing well and that he’s at “the best burn center in America.”
Leno was working on a 1907 steam-powered car (pictured) when it burst into flames on November 12.
Leno later released a statement himself, saying that he “suffered some bad burns from a gasoline fire.”
“I’m fine,” the late-night host said. ‘I only need a week or two to recover.’
He also told TMZ that it was his friend, Dave, who saved his life, jumping on him and dousing the flames.
The host said he was fixing a clogged fuel line when he sprayed gasoline on his hands and face.
Leno was placed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help with his healing.
His Dr. Peter Grossman described Leno as a “kind and engaging patient.”
While at the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, Leno was placed on an oxygen chamber to help with inflammation and prevent bacterial infections.
Dr. Grossman also performed skin grafts on the television star, removing burned skin and replacing it with skin from a skin bank.
He also removed unhealthy tissue, telling People that “much of the thickness of the skin was injured.”
Grossman said the hyperbolic chamber would help Leno’s recovery and prevent infection.
It is described as an oxygen therapy that “may speed healing of burn wounds,” according to the Grossman Burn Center.
“It helps decrease swelling, it helps increase blood flow with good oxygenation and it helps decrease bacteria,” he said before describing Leno as a “kind and friendly patient.”
The reality TV star even handed out cookies to children being treated at the Southern California hospital last week, the doctor said.
Leno (pictured in a post on his Instagram) said in a statement: “I had some bad burns from a gasoline fire.” I’m fine. I just need a week or two to get back on my feet’
The former talk show host enjoys showing off his extensive collection of vehicles, including this pair of Buick Roadsters, which were his first cars when he moved to Los Angeles.
Leno has previously shared details about his extensive collection of Barrons.comincluding how he acquired the large number of old-school cars.
The steam carriages, which he said are “reliable and dependable,” require a boiler to heat water into steam which is then used to drive a piston that turns the vehicle’s wheels.
In 2021, the ‘Tonight Show’ veteran was pulled over in his 1906 Stanley Steamer for speeding on Interstate 405 in California.
Leno’s steam collection includes “cars, stationary engines, and even a massive Advance steam tractor,” according to the 2021 story published by Barrons.
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker (right) posted a photo with Dr. Grossman in 2013
But he’s certainly not Grossman’s first celebrity patient.
In 2013, rocker Travis Barker shared a photo with Dr. Grossman. to his Facebook thanking the medical professional for his help in the recovery of the serious injuries, allegedly suffered in his 2008 plane crash.
I went to the Grossman Burn Center and visited with Peter H. Grossman this morning. I had about 26 surgeries during my time at your burn center and 65% of my body was burned,” Barker wrote.
‘This guy saved my life along with his team. I owe him a lot,’ said the Blink 182 drummer.
A hyperbaric chamber is a highly pressurized room or tube where pure oxygen is given to the patient to breathe.
The air pressure in these chambers is three times greater than the normal pressure outside.
The lungs work with gas exchange, which occurs more or less efficiently at different pressures.
At this higher air pressure, the lungs can absorb more oxygen than under normal conditions.
All tissues in the body require oxygen to live and stay healthy, so in a hyperbaric chamber the lungs absorb more oxygen which is then carried throughout the body to restore tissues that may be struggling or infected.
Oxygen also helps reduce inflammation and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels.
WHAT ARE HYPERBARIC CHAMBERS USED FOR?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a proven treatment for decompression sickness, a condition that some people develop after diving, in which the high pressure of being underwater causes nitrogen to form in the blood vessels.
This usually causes muscle and joint pain and fatigue, but in rare cases it can be fatal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses the process that allows dangerous nitrogen bubbles to form.
According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors may also recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy for:
Although the therapy has been claimed to help a host of other medical problems, there is only scientific evidence to support the above uses.
There is no significant reason to believe that it treats conditions such as fibromyalgia, depression, or chronic fatigue syndrome.
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