EXCLUSIVE: Jay Leno takes cookies and thank you card to medics who treated him for third-degree burns when gasoline in his garage exploded… but switches to his electric Tesla to deliver them!
- On Wednesday, Jay Leno headed back to the Grossman Burn Center two days after he was released from the facility following a 10-day stay
- He was pictured carrying Milk Bar cookies and a thank you card to the doctors and nurses who treated him
- He was treated in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help heal the burns to his face, chest and hands
- Leno was hospitalized on November 12 following the fiery explosion at his garage, where he keeps a number of vintage cars as part of a collection
Jay Leno was seen visiting the hospital where he was treated for third degree burns, on Wednesday as he returned to thank the medical staff for taking care of him.
Leno was seen driving in a blue Tesla before walking back into the Grossman Burn Center where he received medical care after he was scalded when a vintage 1907 steam engine he was working on in his garage suddenly exploded in his face.
Leno spent ten days inside the specialist facility for treatment for third degree burns to his arms and face before being discharged on Monday.
Leno could be seen heading inside carrying a box of cookies from the trendy Los Angeles Milk Bar together with a thank you note. He was then snapped walking out carrying a box with what looked like gifts which he carefully placed in the trunk of his car.
After that, Leno headed to a Chick-fil-A drive-thru to grab some food.
Jay Leno headed back to the Grossman Burn Center two days after he was released from the facility following a 10-day stay
Leno could be seen climbing out of his car armed with a box of cookies to say thank you to the staff there
Leno appeared to have signed the box of tasty cookies from Los Angeles’ Milk Bar
Leno appeared to be on fine form as he squeezed out of his car with a box of cookies in-hand
Jay Leno is pictured going to a medical building next to the Grossman Burn Center where he got treated for his burns
Leno walked in carrying a box of cookies with a thank you note
Leno appeared to be using all the pockets of his denim shirt with a cellphone poking out of one and glasses case in the other
Leno could be seen walking out of his blue Tesla which he parked up in the parking lot of he Grossman Burn Center
Leno appeared to be a picture of health as he made his way into the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday
Leno walked out carrying a box with what looked like gifts as he headed back to his Tesla
The iconic TV host, 72, had been at his LA mansion earlier this month on November 12 when one of the vehicles ‘erupted into flames without warning’ – with the star sustaining facial burns and requiring skin-graft surgery.
The star told paparazzi who greeted him as he stopped at a gas station on Tuesday that he was doing ‘good’ and still has plans to drive the vintage car that burst into flames next week as the car didn’t do anything wrong.’
His doctor, Dr. Peter Grossman, has previously warned that the once-popular late-night host may suffer from permanent scarring as a result but said in a statement on Monday he is pleased with his progress after the star spent time in an oxygen chamber. He added that he is ‘optimistic’ that Leno ‘will make a full recovery,’ as he continues to receive outpatient care.
A few sores around Leno’s face from where he was burned could still be spotted following his fiery accident
After the burn center visit Leno stopped at a Chick-fil-A drive thru to grab some food in Los Angeles
Leno flashed a peace sign as he spotted a photographer taking a picture of him in his blue Tesla on Wednesday
Leno appeared to be on the right track and gave a thumbs up sign out his driver’s window on Wednesday
Leno was also seen the previous day, on Tuesday. Burn marks could clearly be seen on his face and hands
Jay Leno has revealed he will return to performing – just days after being discharged from hospital following a terrifying car fire which left him with third-degree burns (pictured Tuesday)
The star also revealed he will be taking to the stage at 7pm on Sunday at the Comedy Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, a place he has been performing at weekly for three decades.
When a snapper suggested he get some rest before the gig, the star quipped: ‘Yeah, I need barbecue!’
Dr. Peter Grossman told ET of Leno’s recovery: ‘He’s got a very strong attitude. He’s a very strong individual.
The iconic TV host, 72, was at his LA mansion on Saturday, November 12 when one of the vehicles ‘erupted into flames without warning’ (He is pictured before being discharged from hospital on Monday)
‘And he’s a person who really is looking to move forward, to try to find a way to get past this episode of his life and to get back to what he normally likes to do, which is to be out there and entertain and be with the people. I think at some point soon he’ll get there, but I’ve had to tell him that, for the time being, he needs to sit back and take care of Jay.
Leno said that a fast thinking friend saved his life after a gasoline fire broke out in his luxury LA garage on Saturday as the one time king of late night faces the possibility of needing skin grafts.
In a statement Leno explained: ‘I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.’
He later told TMZ that it was his friend, Dave, who saved his life, by jumping on him and smothering the flames.
The host said that he was repairing a clogged fuel line when he got sprayed on his hands and face with gasoline.
Leno’s eyes and ears were not affected by the fire. On Monday, Page Six reported that Leno may need skin grafts as a result of the burns.
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George Swift, a mechanic in the comedian’s personal garage, told ET that it was a steam car that sent Leno to the hospital.
‘It was a steam car. This steam was made by gas. It got sprayed, as a gas,’ Swift, a mechanic who works at the garage, said.
‘He called me, and he told me there was a fire and the fire department is coming,’ the employee continued.
In a separate interview with Access Hollywood, Swift said that Leno is ‘going to be fine.’ He added: ‘It’s nothing life-threatening. He’s in great spirits, but you know, it’s going to take a while.’
In a statement Leno (pictured in a shot on his Instagram yesterday) said: ‘I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.’
Leno had previously shared details on his extensive collection of Barrons.com, sharing more details on how he acquired the lot of old-school cars.
The steam cars, which he had said are ‘reliable and dependable,’ require a boiler to heat water to steam which then is used to drive a piston that turns the vehicle’s wheels.
In 2021, the ‘Tonight Show’ veteran was actually stopped in his 1906 Stanley Steamer for speeding on Interstate 405 in California.
Leno’s steam collection includes ‘cars, stationary engines, and even an enormous Advance steam tractor,’ according to the 2021 story published by Barrons.
Jay Leno’s Garage posted a picture of the host posing inside of his garage with three of his extensive car collection on Instagram.
The star has more than 180 vehicles including exotic cars, hypercars and museum-grade artifacts, according to US News & World Report.
His collection includes vehicles which are both affordable and attainable, with the host of Jay Leno’s Garage having an affinity for motor vehicles.
Jay Leno’s Garage warehouse in Los Angeles where the accident that left Leno with serious burns happened last Saturday
It is not the first time the star has put himself at risk with his beloved vehicles, as he was left visibly shaken after getting in a car crash while filming the CNBC show in 2016 with legendary stunt driver Bob Riggle.
Both ended up upside down after Riggle lost control and the car rolled over, though neither were hurt.
In 2019, he spoke about his battle with high cholesterol after he was shown a scan of a blockage in his heart.
Working in collaboration with Cholesterol 911, he urged others to overhaul their lifestyles.
He said; ‘We really want people to see the connection, because a lot of people don’t realize high cholesterol — and if you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, you’re increasing your risk for another one.
‘It’s like an earthquake, it might not destroy the house, but it certainly weakens the structure.’
The former Tonight Show presenter missed an appearance at a financial conference – with an email to Forum 2022 attendees from The Financial Brand and obtained by People confirming the star is in ill-health
‘There’s a lot of people walking around like that, they’re just time bombs. You’ve got all this cholesterol, you don’t realize it until it actually hits, you know?
‘It’s like in a car, if even one piece of dirt gets in the eye of the needle of the jet, and boom and no more gas comes through. And that’s what happens with your heart.’
He has previously detailed taking medication and using a portable EKG device that monitors his heart rhythm and detects irregular heartbeats.
Leno added: ‘I’m not one of those guys. I don’t run five miles a day and do all that kind of stuff.
‘Hopefully I’m appealing to people who think like me, which is probably the majority of the population, who would like to do more but not if it sounds like kind of a pain.
‘But this is not a pain, it’s really simple. You go to the doctor, it’s a quick visit, he can tell you what you need to do.’
The star was joined by Joe Biden on an episode of his show in October, with the thrill-seeking president pushing his beloved Corvette to over 100mph while drag racing.
Biden and Leno reunited this summer, and drove his 1967 Corvette Stingray around the James J. Rowley Secret Service training facility in Beltsville, Maryland.
The president whizzed around at astounding speeds of 118mph in front of the camera, while he admitted that he missed being able to drive himself around while living in the White House.
Biden also appeared in Leno’s car-centric television show while he was vice president, in October 2016.
The president, who frequently discusses his love of cars, raced Colin Powell in that episode – before he died October last year at the aged 84.
In 2016, Powell lost the race to Biden, and Michael, 59, said he intended to avenge his father – saying he would ‘settle the score’.
Michael was driving a 2015 Corvette with 455 horsepower V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, worth $55,000.
Biden was racing him in his $150,000 1967 Stingray, with 350 horsepower and a four-speed manual gearbox.
WHAT IS A HYPERBARIC CHAMBER USED FOR?
A hyperbaric chamber is a highly-pressurized room or tube where a patient is given pure oxygen to breathe.
The air pressure in these chambers is three times higher than normal pressure outside.
Lungs operate on gas exchange, which happens more or less efficiently at different pressures.
At this higher air pressure, the lungs are able to take in more oxygen than under normal conditions.
All the body’s tissues require oxygen to live and stay healthy, so in a hyperbaric chamber the lungs take in more oxygen which is then carried throughout the body to restore tissues that may be struggling or infected.
Oxygen also help to reduce inflammation and encourage new blood vessels to grow.
WHAT ARE HYPERBARIC CHAMBERS USED TO TREAT?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a proven treatment for decompression sickness, a condition that some people develop after SCUBA diving, wherein the high pressure of being deep under water causes nitrogen to form in their blood vessels.
This typically causes muscle and joint aches and fatigue, but in rare cases can prove 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
- Bubbles of air 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 at risk of tissue death
- Vision loss, sudden and painless
Although claims have been made that the therapy helps a whole hosts of other medical issues, there is only scientific evidence to support the above uses.
There isn’t significant reason to believe it treats conditions like fibromyalgia, depression or chronic fatigue syndrome.