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Lamar Odom In Kidney Failure: May Need Transplant Even After Extensive Dialysis

Tue, October 20, 2015 10:54am EDT by 9 Comments

There’s good news — Lamar Odom is improving in a few key ways. However, he has a huge hurdle to overcome — his kidneys are still failing. If this vital organ doesn’t kick into gear, the ex-NBA star’s only option could be a kidney transplant, according to a new report.

Lamar Odom, 35, has a long road ahead, and it might involve a major surgery along with all the months of rehab and therapy he’ll have to endure. The former Lakers player is still experiencing major problems with his kidneys, and may even have to undergo a transplant if things don’t improve.

The 35-year-old arrived at Cedars-Sina Medical Center in Los Angeles with Khloe Kardashian on Oct. 19, and while he’s there, he’s reportedly going to have six hours of dialysis a day for his failing organs. But if this doesn’t help move things along, he could have to have the transplant, according to TMZ.

But if Lamar does end up needing the surgery, it’s not going to happen overnight. “[Patients] have to go through a vigorous process to get on the transplant list, physically, psychologically and mentally,” top Urologist Dr. S. Adam Ramin told “It can take months or years to get a kidney. It is not like you go into kidney failure and tomorrow you get a new kidney.” Hopefully dialysis can do the trick and things won’t have to be taken this far!

Lamar miraculously woke up from a coma on Oct, 16, three days after his alleged drug overdose at a brothel in Nevada. He has slowly been making progress, little by little, but was transported back to L.A. on the 19th so he could receive more specialized care. Doctors are also planning to perform tests on the former NBA star’s brain to see how much damage was done during the multiple strokes he had in Vegas, the site reports.

As previously reported, Lamar is speaking full sentences and eating food on his own, but he’ll need months of therapy and rehab to relearn how to walk and talk, and it’s possible there will be permanent damage done on his body after everything that’s happened.

HollywoodLifers, leave your well wishes for Lamar in the comments section below.

— Alyssa Norwin