Doctors at the Erie County Medical Center released a statement today saying that they expect Jim Kelly will make a full recovery.
The Bills hall of fame quarterback underwent successful surgery this morning, in order to treat cancer in his upper jawbone. This is great news for Kelly, after announcing he was diagnosed with cancer at his annual celebrity golf tournament on Monday.
“At Mr. Kelly’s request, we thank everyone for their concern and well wishes for him and his family,” read the statement. “Today, Mr. Kelly underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused be chronic irritation at the gum site. He underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator. The surgery went very well. We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome. Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time. He is in the capable care of the great nurses and staff here at ECMC. He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home.”
Kelly has received a great deal of support this week from former teammates, fans, and the NFL community.
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