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Jay Leno released from hospital after suffering second-degree burns

by Steven Cole Smith
23 November 2022 2 min read
Jay Leno released from hospital after suffering second-degree burns
Photo: Grossman Burns Center

Comedian and car collector Jay Leno has been released from hospital and is on the road to recovery, after being burned in a fire in his garage in Burbank, California.

Leno was repairing a fuel line on his 1907 White steam car when petrol, which is used to heat the car’s burner, splashed on his face and arm and then was ignited by a spark. A friend helped extinguish the flames, and Leno was taken to the hospital.

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Leno suffered serious and significant second-degree burns in the explosion, on 12 November. The BBC reports he received two skin graft surgeries while at the burn centre.

‘The ex-late night host posed for a photo taken and posted by the Grossman Burn Center, where JL has been receiving treatment for the past nine days. In it, he seems to be in good spirits alongside the facility staff, but there’s noticeable scarring on his face and hands,’ TMZ reported. ‘In a statement, the burn center says Jay will receive follow-up care at their outpatient facility, this after receiving burns throughout his upper [body], including on his chest.’

Jay Leno with 1907 White steamer
Leno with his 1907 White steam car, in his garage at Burbank, California. Photo: Don Kelsen/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A statement released by Grossman said: ‘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.’

Leno writes a column for Hagerty, and his colleagues here wish him a speedy recovery.

Via Hagerty US

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