It’s almost been a month since Lamar Odom nearly died after he reportedly overdosed at a Nevada brothel. The former NBA star has made incredible strides since his brush with death, but a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that his battle is far from over.
Khloe Kardashian, 31, recently shared the happy news that Lamar Odom, 36, no longer needs machines to keep him alive, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be back on the basketball court anytime soon. A source reveals EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com that standing and walking are still a “struggle” for the two-time NBA championship winner. Here’s what we know about the current state of his health.
When Lamar was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel and rushed to the hospital on Oct. 13, his chances of survival seemed bleak. Fast forward four weeks and the 6’10” former pro-athlete is making a miraculous recovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. But just because he’s out of the coma doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods. “Lamar is doing OK, but by no means is he back to his old self,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“Standing and walking for long periods of time is a struggle,” the source adds. “So is talking to some extent and his memory has been effected. To be honest, he may never fully recover.” Wow, we can’t imagine how hard this must be for Lamar and all those that love him.
Khloe didn’t try to hide the reality of his condition in her most recent interview. The reality star told Extra’s Terri Seymour that it will be a “long, long time” before he leaves the hospital. “He will try to learn to how to walk so that is first. When he can support himself on his own, or physically try to walk better on his own, or at least with an assistance, with like a walker, then he will probably leave the hospital and do a lot of cognitive and mental strengthening.” Poor Lamar — it can’t be easy to face such an uphill battle. We really hope he can regain his strength and get his health back to one hundred percent. We’re rooting for you Lamar!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Lamar will beat the odds and make a full recovery? Let us know!
— Allison Swan