Although Lamar Odom woke from coma and is on the road to recovery, his kidneys are still failing, and he may need a kidney transplant as a result. In order to receive a transplant, though, a doctor tells HollywoodLife.com Lamar needs to be 100 percent drug free.
After Lamar Odom, 35, was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel on Oct. 13, it was quickly determined that drugs and alcohol were the cause. As the former Lakers star is still experiencing problems, he reportedly could need a transplant for his failing kidneys. Unfortunately for Lamar, drugs are a big problem when it comes to receiving a transplant. See what a doctor said below.
Once he was stable enough to move facilities, Lamar was transferred from Las Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 19 and is now receiving dialysis for his failing kidneys. But if the dialysis isn’t successful and he does need a transplant, there are some requirements he must meet in order for it to happen — and it means absolutely no drugs.
“The recipient has to be drug free, you have to make sure they would be compliant with taking the medications that are required after a transplantation. And make sure they live a life that wouldn’t jeopardize the transplanted kidney,” top Urologist Dr. S. Adam Ramin told HollywoodLife.com. “So smoking, drinking too much and taking drugs would put the transplanted at risk.”
When Lamar was first admitted the hospital, it was revealed that he had practically every drug imaginable in his system. He may be doing better now, but considering his kidneys are still failing, substances seem to remain in his system. Who knows what that means for Lamar’s chances of receiving a transplant if he needs one.
Even if drugs weren’t a concern, Dr. Ramin pointed out that kidney transplants are unfortunately not an immediate process. “[Patients] have to go through a vigorous process to get on the transplant list, physically, psychologically and mentally,” he said. “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.”
While Dr. Ramin has not personally reviewed any of Lamar’s records, it sounds like Lamar could wait for a transplant for quite some time. On the bright side, that would allow for any remaining trace of drugs to leave Lamar’s system — nevertheless, it’s still scary to think he might not be able to get the help he needs immediately. But as Khloe Kardashian remains by Lamar’s side, we hope that the dialysis will be enough and a transplant isn’t needed after all.
HollywoodLifers, send your love and thoughts to Lamar and his family as they continue to work through this difficult situation.
— Taylor Weatherby, Reporting by Jon Boon