Leno was burned on the face, chest, and hands while working on a car in his garage and spent 10 days at Grossman Burn Center, where he was treated for his injuries.
Jay, 72, posed for a photo with staff as he said goodbye. The photo reveals some of the burns to his face and neck.
Dr. Peter Grossman said in a statement, “I am pleased with Jay’s progress, and I am optimistic that he will make a full recovery.”
The hospital also shared in a press release, “Jay would like to let everyone know how thankful he is for the care he received, and is very appreciative of all of the well wishes. He is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family and friends and wishes everyone a wonderful holiday.”
“He’s walking around and cracking jokes,” Grossman said days ago. “He’s incredibly kind to our nursing staff. He’s very appreciative of everybody here and really an ideal patient.”
Grossman went on to talk about the accident, as well as Jay’s treatment.
The doctor said, “He was involved in an accident on Saturday… He was working on a car, he was underneath a car when the fire began. He got pulled out from the area underneath the car and it noted that the had pretty significant burns to his face and hands.”
He went on, “His burns include his face, his hands, and his chest. The burns are fairly significant, and they are a concern of which we have to take care of and make sure he heals appropriately.”
The doctor called the burns “a mixture of deep second degree burns and possibly some third-degree burns.” He noted, “Burns progress… some of the burns on the face are a little bit deeper and a little more concerning.”
So far the comedian has undergone one surgery and Grossman said he is “in good spirits today,” adding, “He is still undergoing further treatment and will undergo another procedure later on this week.”
Explaining the healing process, he said they are using hyperbaric oxygen treatment and surgery. “Mr. Leno underwent a surgical excision and grafting procedure to his face, his chest and his hands. His burns were in the mid-partial to deep-partial thickness… in order to expedite healing you want to remove unhealthy tissue… and then a biological skin substitute was placed over the wound… to create a wound healing environment.”
Grossman insisted, “I do anticipate him making a full recovery whether there will be remnants of this injury it is way too early to tell.”