April 24, 2018

NFL Story
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: April 14, 2018 02:51:15 PM


Hall of Famer Kelly progressing after cancer surgery

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is eating on his own, just over two weeks after undergoing 12 hours of surgery for a recurrence of oral cancer.
Kelly's doctor told the Democrat & Chronicle that the former Buffalo Bills standout is one of the toughest patients he has ever treated.
On Thursday, Kelly's wife, Jill, posted a video on Instagram of her husband drinking a chocolate shake after a feeding tube was removed.
Dr. Mark Urken told the newspaper that Kelly is not able to chew but he expects that he will eventually be able to eat and speak without any complications.
Kelly underwent a complicated 12-hour surgery on March 28 to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw. Doctors called the procedure a success but said the recovery would be "extensive."
"We are so thankful that Jim continues to make progress every day," Jill Kelly said in a statement, per the newspaper. "His recovery will take time and patience. We all look forward to being out of the hospital soon. Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for such incredible support."
The 58-year-old Kelly initially announced in June 2013 that he had squamous cell carcinoma of the upper jawbone. He had surgery to remove tumors but was found again to have cancer in March 2014.
Kelly underwent weeks of chemotherapy and radiation and was deemed to be cancer free in September 2014.
During the early 1990s, Kelly led the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances. He retired after the 1996 season and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002


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