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Khloe Kardashian: Watching Lamar Odom Come Back To Life Was Like Seeing Childbirth

Sat, October 17, 2015 9:26am EDT by 20 Comments

It’s an incredibly miraculous time for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. Khloe has watched over her estranged husband through days of being comatose, and seeing his struggle has been surreal — a truly remarkable experience she likened to childbirth.

Lamar Odom, 35’s fight to survive and wake up from his coma on October 16 was unlike anything  Khloe Kardashian, 31 had ever seen. During days of patiently waiting by Lamar’s side, Khloe has been going through hell, hoping and praying for his relief and recovery. To see him pull through and awaken was nothing short of a miracle, according to a EXCLUSIVE source. Read more about her thoughts below.

“Witnessing Lamar trying to come back to life was the closest Khloe’s ever felt to giving birth,” a source told EXCLUSIVELY. “Seeing his chest move up and down, him trying to fight his way back to life has to be the most surreal experience of Khloe’s life.”

“Doctors were telling her from the beginning the odds were against Lamar, but she feels Lamar heard them and is fighting desperately to prove them wrong,” the source continued. “This is one emotionally see-saw ride Khloe’s on. She’s hoping Lamar fully comes through so she can get off this up and down ride.”

While Lamar has woken up and shown major signs of improvement, he isn’t completely healed yet. He still has a long way to go in his recovery process, but Khloe is steadfast in her faith that he’ll be up and out of the hospital in no time. After all, it may have been her gentle words that woke him up in the first place!

Khloe’s utterance of “I love you,” to Lamar elicited the first signs of response from her estranged husband, according to PEOPLE. “He nodded, and that was the first response we got from him. That was so encouraging,” a source told the mag. When Lamar finally stirred, he looked up at Khloe, who has been lying by his hospital bedside since he was admitted, and said “Hey baby,” before drifting back to sleep.

If that’s not love, we don’t know what is. After first waking, doctors were cautiously taking him off his breathing tube, switching between a ventilator and breathing mask to ensure he could fully breathe on his own. Now, we know that Lamar has been taken off the ventilator — a major sign that he’s on the road to recovery. His family remains “cautiously optimistic,” though. Lamar’s showing signs of great improvement, but they still have to protect themselves in case he takes a turn for the worst. We truly hope that’s not the case.

Our thoughts remain with Lamar and his loved ones at this time.

— Samantha Wilson, Reporting by Eric Mitchell