Lamar Odom breathing on his own, Khloe Kardashian at his side
His family and friends are rallying around him. Khloé Kardashian has not left his side since he was admitted.
The 35-year-old former NBA star was hospitalized on Tuesday after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel and was in a coma for almost three days. Odomwoke up on Friday and has since shown some signs of improvement, although he is not out of the woods and there is always the possibility for setbacks. E! News has learned Odom has a long tough road ahead of him.
“Lamar is slowly making progress. Today has been a good day,” a source said on Sunday, adding, “There’s a lot of praying going on.”
Since Odom emerged from the coma, he has:
—Begun to communicate using hand signals
—Been able to breathe on his own, without a ventilator. He is also using a non rebreather mask that is pumping oxygen and doctors recently decreased the amount needed. The next step is to wean him off it entirely, which depends on how strong his body is
—Passed a swallow test, a promising sign of neurological function
—Left his hospital bed: He was moved, with assistance into a chair
Due to kidney failure, Odom remains on dialysis and doctors are still running tests to determine the extent of possible brain damage or other long-term effects from his overdose.
Odom is being treated by a team of doctors that consists of a neurologist, cardiologist, a primary care doctor and a critical care physician. Khloé, 31, has been working with them to ensure he receives the best care and has spent each night in his room since he was admitted. She has been quiet and concerned about Odom and helpful and nice to his visitors. She thanks the doctors and nurses every single time and that gift baskets and food are delivered daily, E! News has learned.
Khloé had his father, his two kids Destiny and Lamar Odom Jr., as well as their mother, Liza Morales, flown to Nevada to see him. All of her sisters, including Kim Kardashian, 34, who is in the third trimester of pregnancy, and mother Kris Jenner, 59, have visited Odom as well. Kris, Kim and Kendall Jenner, 19, flew to see him on Saturday.
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Odom’s friends, including former teammates such as Los Angeles Lakers starKobe Bryant, 37, and Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, 26, have also traveled to Nevada to see him. Bryant got to the hospital almost immediately after he heard Odom was hospitalized and spent 12 consecutive hours at his bedside, E! News has learned.