Jim Kelly Returns Home from Hospital

Buffalo, NY - Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is out of the hospital and resting comfortably at home.

"Jim is doing good today. He got released from ECMC to start his program at home, and we're very excited about that," Jim's brother, Dan, told Channel 2 Monday afternoon.

Jim Kelly first announced he had jaw cancer last June at his golf tournament. He had surgery, but the cancer returned earlier this year.

Jim's brother, Dan, tells us one of the most important things Jim needs to do now that he is home is to stay hydrated.

"The key right now is to make sure he's getting the proper nutrients and everything that he needs to get him healthy and to start recovering from the chemo and the radiation," says Dan Kelly.

Along with a colorful welcome home sign, Jill Kelly posted a message on Instagram to the team at ECMC that has helped her husband in his fight against cancer.

She wrote, in part, "THE KELLY FAMILY LOVES YOU! So grateful! Healing...one day at a time. One prayer at a time. All in God's timing! #prayersforJK #kellytough."

Her brother-in-law echoes that message.

"The support has been unbelievable, and for him, it's a little tough because it's like he doesn't want the attention. He just wants to make sure that people understand how much he appreciates all the prayers and their support, and he just hopes that this can help some other kids of people who are going through some tough times to just stay positive and be encouraged," says Dan Kelly.

Dan says his brother will be in a holding pattern for the next several weeks until he goes in for his next MRI.

"It's been a tough battle for Jim. One of the things that we know is that he won't give up. He'll fight 'til the very end, and hopefully once we get the chance to have the MRI done again, it will show that there's no more cancer present," says Dan Kelly.

Dan Kelly says doctors will decide how to move forward once the results of that MRI come in, but again that's six to eight weeks away.


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