Former NBA star Lamar Odom four days after he failed at a Nevada brothel and fell right into a coma’s improving well-being has brightened the spirits of his loved ones.
Odom, who appeared with Kardashian and her family in two reality television shows, emerged on Friday from the coma and was removed from a ventilator that has been assisting his breathing, celebrity media reported. Only a day earlier, sources near the household in the Las Vegas hospital where he’s recuperating said doctors were giving him a 50-50 chance of survival, according to media reports.
Neither the Kardashians, Odom’s representatives nor Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center have given any official updates on the 35-year old former basketball player’s condition since he failed in a legal brothel called the Love Ranch and was found unresponsive. E-mail and phone messages weren’t returned.
Doctors were giving him a 50-50 chance of survival
“The family is still totally consumed by what’s going on with Lamar, and Khloé is checking in with regular updates, but there was so much positivity,” the unidentified source told People Magazine. “The good news and Lamar’s improvement really lifted their spirits. They’re all just praying it continues.”
Authorities had taken out 10 tablets of an herbal sexual-enhancement supplement, and staff in the brothel said the retired National Basketball Association expert had used cocaine before failing.
Blood pressure can be caused by the substance to plunge and interact with other drugs. Whoever owns the brothel, in a CNN interview denied that narcotics were taken by Odom while at the Love Ranch.
“I do not believe Lamar was doing drugs at my place and I am going to support him until I know he did,” said Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof.
“It is my job to secure my business and Lamar’s reputation.” E! And other celeb news media said on Friday that Odom saw Kardashian had opened his eyes and voiced a few words.
Based on a separate account in USA Today credited to an individual in the hospital, Odom opened his eyes on Friday morning and appeared to be responding to voices as well as other noise in the room.
Kardashian, 31, who has been in the middle of divorce proceedings together with her husband, has remained with him since shortly after he was accepted to the hospital. The divorce hasn’t yet been finalized, although divorce papers were signed by the pair in July. Odom played 14 years including two tournament seasons.