The doctor who performed surgery on Jim Kelly for the removal of oral cancer and reconstruction of his upper jaw said Friday the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback will be "leaving shortly" from Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York.
"Mr. Kelly's doing really well," Dr. Mark Urken said in a video provided by a hospital spokesperson. "He's been through a really difficult operation, a very difficult recovery. But as of (Friday) he has reached the point where he is beginning to take his nutrition by mouth, which is a huge milestone and a segue for him to leave the hospital.
"But he has come through this remarkably well and he is about as tough a patient – tough in the good way, in terms of being just incredibly courageous – and he continues to amaze me."
Kelly's wife, Jill, said in a statement issued through a hospital spokesperson that Jim "continues to make progress every day."
"His recovery will take time and patience," Jill Kelly said. "We all look forward to being out of the hospital soon. Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for such incredible support.”
She added that her husband's "health situation points to the need for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and to get checked out immediately if something seems abnormal."
Jim and Jill Kelly's daughter, Erin, posted this on Instagram on Thursday: