Jay Leno is presenting his face to the public for the first time since sustaining severe burns in a gasoline fire a week ago.
The comedian, who was sent to Grossman Burn Center on November 13 with third-degree burns after a car exploded in his garage, all smile in a newly shared photo distributed in a press release today.
In the photo obtained on Page Six, Leno, who was most recently seen receiving therapy in a hyperbaric chamber in a video made public to Inside Edition last week, is shown smiling among burn center employees. Scars may be seen on and around his chin, as well as on his hand, in the photo.
Following a 10-day stay at the facility, Jay will undergo follow-up care at the Grossman Outpatient Burn Clinic for burns to his face, chest, and hands sustained in a garage fire. This information was given in a news release along with the photo.
“Jay would like everyone to know how grateful he is for the care he got, as well as all of the good wishes that have been sent his way,” the release continues. “He wishes everyone a good holiday and says he is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family and friends.”
Leno has been freed from the burn clinic where he was being treated. The late-night comic received skin transplant procedures at the burn facility, where he was initially hospitalized following the incident in his garage the previous Sunday.
Dr. Peter Grossman, Leno’s doctor, indicated in a recent interview that his patient was progressing well in therapy and that he had been spotted walking around, making jokes, and passing out cookies to other patients.
Dr. Grossman also anticipated that Leno would heal completely, despite the fact that he expected visible scars from his burns, which may or may not fade away.
Dr. Grossman toldLeno that the scarring from his skin grafts would be visible “for the foreseeable future.” “Our goal is that eventually they would be minimally visible, or maybe not at all,” he said.