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Jim Kelly 'continues to make solid progress' from surgery

The news continues to be encouraging about Jim Kelly's recovery from his March 28 surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York to remove a cancer cell from his upper right jaw and reconstruct his entire upper jaw.

“Mr. Kelly continues to make solid progress in his recovery from extensive surgery for his oral cancer," Dr. Mark Urken, who performed the operation, said in a statement Friday. "He has been moved out of the intensive care unit and made that transition by walking, on his own, from the unit to the inpatient floor where he will continue the next phase of care. He is still several days away from resuming swallowing and taking nutrition by mouth.”

Kelly was expected to be in the hospital for two weeks after the surgery.

Kelly's wife, Jill, issued a statement praising Urken and his team for providing "excellent care and support" for her husband and the Kelly family.

"As we navigate through this next phase of healing we will continue to trust God ... one day at a time, one prayer at a time," Jill said in the statement. "We would appreciate your continued prayer support.”

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