Television host Jay Leno went home from 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 spending 10 days at the facility, sharing a photo of Leno smiling with some of the staff who treated him.
Burns were clearly visible on his chin, neck and hand.
Leno was treated at the facility for more than a week after his 1907 steam engine burst into flames, causing burns to his upper body and face.
His doctor previously warned the once-popular late-night presenter could suffer permanent scarring as a result, but said in a statement 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 Burn Outpatient Clinic “for burns to his face, chest and hands.”
The burn center also noted: ‘Jay wants everyone to know how grateful he is for the care he has 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 happy holiday.”
The Grossman Burn Center announced Monday that comedian Jay Leno, 72, has been released from the facility
It shared a photo of him smiling with some of the medical staff who treated him over the past 10 days
His hand appeared badly burned and scarred after a fiery explosion in his garage
The former late night host was treated for his burns in an oxygen chamber
Leno was hospitalized on Nov. 12 following the fiery explosion in his garage, where he keeps a number of vintage cars as part of a collection.
George Swift, a mechanic in the comedian’s personal garage, told ET it was a steam car that sent Leno to the hospital.
‘It was a steam car. This steam was made by gas. It was sprayed like gas,” said Swift, a mechanic who works at the garage.
“He called me, and he told me there was a fire and the fire department is coming,” the employee continued.
The Burbank Fire Department subsequently confirmed that they were dispatched to the home of the overnight host around 12:30 that day, and when they arrived they assessed and treated “one 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 was “in a good mood and touched by all the questions about his condition and well wishes.”
“He wants everyone to know that he’s fine and that he’s in ‘the best burn center in the United States.'”
Leno was working on a 1907 steam engine (pictured) when it burst into flames on Nov. 12
Leno himself later issued a statement saying that he suffered “severe burns from a gasoline fire.”
“I’m fine,” said the former night host. “I’ll only need a week or two to get back on my feet.”
He also told TMZ that it was his friend Dave who saved his life by jumping on him and putting out the flames.
The host said he was repairing a clogged fuel line when he was sprayed with gasoline on his hands and face.
Leno was placed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to aid in his healing
His doctor Peter Grossman described Leno as a “nice and engaging patient”
While at the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, Leno was placed in an oxygen chamber to help with swelling and prevent bacterial infections.
Dr. Grossman also performed skin grafts on the television star, removing his burned skin and replacing it with skin from a skin bank.
He also removed unhealthy tissue, noting to People that “much of the thickness of the skin was injured.”
Grossman noted that the hyperbolic chamber would aid Leno’s recovery and prevent infections.
It is described as oxygen therapy that can “accelerate healing of burns,” according to the Grossman Burn Center.
“It helps reduce swelling, it helps improve blood flow with good oxygenation, and it helps reduce bacteria,” he said before describing Leno as a “kind and engaging patient.”
The TV star even handed out cookies to children being treated at the hospital in Southern California last week, the doctor said.
Leno (pictured in a post from his Instagram) said in a statement: ‘I suffered severe burns from a petrol fire. I am OK. I just need a week or two to get back on my feet’
The former talk show host likes to show off his extensive collection of vehicles, including this pair of Buick Roadsters, his first cars when he moved to LA
Leno has previously shared details about his extensive collection from Barrons.com, including how he got his hands on the batch of old-school cars.
The steam cars, which he had said are “dependable 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 actually 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 huge Advance steam tractor,” according to the 2021 story published by Barrons.
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker (right) posted a 2013 photo with Dr. Grossman
But he’s certainly not Grossman’s first famous patient.
In 2013, rocker Travis Barker shared a photo with Dr. Grossman on his Facebook thanking the medical professional for helping him recover from serious injuries believed to have been sustained in his 2008 plane crash.
“Went by the Grossman Burn Center this morning and visited Peter H. Grossman. I had about 26 surgeries in the time I was in his burn unit and 65% of my body was burned,” Barker wrote.
“This guy, along with his team, saved my life. I owe him a lot,” said the Blink 182 drummer.
WHAT IS A HYPERBARIC CHAMBER AND HOW IS IT USED?
A hyperbaric chamber is a high-pressure chamber or tube where a patient is given pure oxygen for breathing.
The air pressure in these chambers is three times higher than the normal pressure outside.
Lungs operate on gas exchange, which happens more or less efficiently at different pressures.
At this higher air pressure, the lungs can absorb more oxygen than under normal conditions.
All of the body’s tissues need oxygen to live and stay healthy, so in a hyperbaric chamber, the lungs take in more oxygen which is then transported throughout the body to repair tissues that may be struggling or infected.
Oxygen also helps reduce inflammation and encourage new blood vessels to grow.
WHAT ARE HYPERBARIC CHAMBER USED TO TREAT?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a proven treatment for decompression sickness, a condition some people develop after scuba diving, where the high pressure of deep underwater causes nitrogen buildup in their blood vessels.
This usually causes muscle and joint pain and fatigue, but in rare cases can be fatal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses the process that allows the dangerous nitrogen bubbles to form.
According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors may also recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy for:
- Anemia, severe
- Brain abscess
- Air bubbles in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Decompression sickness
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crushing injury
- Deafness, sudden
- Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
- Non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
- Radiation injury
- Skin graft or skin flap with risk of tissue death
- Vision loss, sudden and painless
While claims have been made that the therapy helps a slew of other medical problems, there is only scientific evidence to support the aforementioned uses.
There is no significant reason to believe that it treats conditions such as fibromyalgia, depression or chronic fatigue syndrome.