Lamar Odom has defied the odds by waking up from his coma and reportedly beginning to breathe on his own, but he still has a big fight ahead. Despite his heart and brain healing, he’s suffering from kidney failure, according to a new report.
It was a true miracle when Lamar Odom, 35, woke up from his coma after being near death for several days. However, his kidneys are reportedly still failing him and are a major obstacle in his recovery. His brain and heart appear to be on the mend, but the same can’t be said for his kidneys.
Lamar is still currently on dialysis due to kidney failure, E! News reports. His kidneys were of major concern when he was in a coma and remain one now that he’s awake. He seems to be “neurologically intact” and is “100 perfect breathing” without the help of a ventilator, according to the outlet. He was taken off life support as of Oct. 16, HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY.
However, he still has many hurdles ahead. Lamar will next attempt to be weaned off the oxygen mask he’s currently using. His heart rate and blood pressure are fine, but if his body starts to weaken, he may have to be placed back on the ventilator. Doctors also don’t know the extent of any possible brain damage he’s suffered until he’s completely awake.
Lamar suffered a series of strokes at the hospital after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel on Oct. 14. He allegedly overdosed on cocaine and other drugs, including an herbal Viagra, during his stay.
Lamar’s a fighter, and he fought his way back. He woke up on Oct. 16 and said to Khloe Kardashian, who hasn’t left his side, “Hey, baby.” He reportedly responded after she said, “I love you.” HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY that it was a “surreal” experience for Khloe.
Despite this miracle, his family is taking his recovery one step at a time. “So far, Lamar seems to be functioning normally without any signs of major mental or physical damage. It’s still early, but everyone is cautiously optimistic,” a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lamar and his family. We’re so happy he appears to be on the mend.
— Avery Thompson