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Lamar Odom: Can His Kidneys Ever Recover From Failure? Top Doctor Speaks

Sun, October 18, 2015 1:55pm EDT by 6 Comments

As Lamar Odom continues his recovery from his scary ordeal and alleged overdose, a top doctor reveals to HollywoodLife.com whether or not his failing kidneys can eventually recover from such trauma.

Lamar Odom, 35, has been reportedly responding well to treatment after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel on Oct. 13, but he’s still been reportedly hooked up to a dialysis machine to aid his failing kidneys. However, HollywoodLife.com can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that despite relying on dialysis for now, Lamar’s kidneys could make a full recovery.


Top doctor, Dr. S. Adam Ramin, who is a leading urologist and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles, believes that Lamar’s kidneys should regain normal function again after using dialysis.

“Dialysis can be used as a way to take out certain toxins. It may not necessarily be for a true kidney failure. It is used to quickly clean the blood and get those toxins out of the body,” Dr. Ramin told HollywoodLife.com. “When a patient develops a problem that essentially causes them to go into a coma, some of the organs in the body start failing. It is fairly common for the kidneys to fail. In most instances healthy humans can go back to have normal kidney function within a few days or weeks. The kidney can regain function, but during the time the kidneys are not working, dialysis is required.”

Dr. Ramin goes on to explain: “When a person collapses and passes out, in many instances, that is because their blood pressure is really low. Drugs can be given to help blood pressure, but those drugs can sometimes affect the kidneys temporarily. Usually the kidneys can recover.” 

And he has no doubt that the former athlete’s kidneys won’t be needing dialysis for the rest of his life. “A healthy person like Lamar should regain function normal kidney function and get off dialysis, so he won’t be on dialysis for the rest of his life,” Dr. Ramin concluded.

Lamar is now breathing on his own and responding to doctors at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, according to TMZ. He has made a huge leap in improvement.

“This is the best 24 hours [Lamar] has had so far,” told the outlet. Lamar has been completely taken off his ventilator and is now simply using a breathing mask for the time being to increase his oxygen levels and help him breathe more comfortably. He also moved from his hospital bed for the first time since his hospitalization.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Lamar will make a full recovery? Let us know in the comments below.

— Jon Boon