Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was released from a New York City hospital on Saturday, 17 days after undergoing a 12-hour upper jaw reconstruction. His wife, Jill, announced Kelly's release via Instagram and it was later confirmed by a Mount Sinai West spokeswoman.
Jim Kelly is expected to remain in New York City for two weeks and then return to Buffalo. Jill said he left the hospital with a "swollen smile and a cane in his hand."
With a swollen smile, and a cane in his hand he was DISCHARGED from the hospital today! Praise the LORD! So THANKFUL for Dr. Mark Urken, his team, and the rest of the amazing Mount Sinai staff. The recovery continues here in NYC for the next two weeks. Then back to BUFFALO! One day at a time. One prayer at a time. All in God’s perfect timing! Thank you for praying!!
Urken said he expects Kelly to recover with excellent function, including his ability to speak.
Kelly began to take nutrition by mouth, but Urken said he will be able to eat solid food again once he is outfitted with implanted teeth in another procedure.
What a blessing it has been to take care of my dad while he was in the hospital the last few weeks. He was discharged today! There’s still a lot of healing to do over the next month or two, but we are trusting God one day at a time! Thank you to everyone who has been praying. We love you! #KellyTough #PrayersForJK