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Lamar Odom: His New Life-Threatening Health Crisis

Tue, October 20, 2015 12:20pm EDT by 4 Comments

Lamar Odom is far from out of the woods and just as he’s been transferred to an LA hospital, he’s now battling a dangerous lung infection — aspiration pneumonia.

Poor Lamar Odom, 35. Even as he fights to regain use of his failed kidneys, he’s also suffering from a serious lung infection called aspiration pneumonia. Find out more about this dangerous, life-threatening condition.

“Aspiration pneumonia is a lung infection that develops after you aspirate (inhale) food, liquid, or vomit into your lungs. If you are not able to cough up the aspirated material, bacteria can grow in your lungs and cause an infection,” according to 

“Your lungs may slowly fail to pump enough oxygen into your blood. You could develop a blood infection called sepsis, or a lung abscess. This means part of your lung tissue begins to die. Any of the risks of aspiration pneumonia can be life-threatening,” the website explained. So scary!

While Lamar is awake and responsive, he’s currently battling a few heath issues, including this lung infection, according to E!. As for his kidney’s, they are completely “shot,” according toTMZ. He may even have to undergo a transplant if things don’t improve.

Lamar arrived at Cedars-Sina Medical Center in Los Angeles with his ex Khloe Kardashian on Oct. 19. 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.

If it comes down to it, getting a transplant may not even be that easy for Lamar. “[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.”

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Lamar and his loved ones during his recovery.

— Shira Benozilio