Two weeks after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel with drugs in his system, the former NBA player is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he underwent emergency surgery said to be connected to pneumonia Wednesday.
“It’s two steps forward, then a step back, but it does feel like some progress is being made, little by little. There’s still a black cloud, like, ‘Okay, what’s next?’ ” the source says. “The pneumonia was a huge setback, and now there’s worry about permanent scarring of the lungs. His kidneys are still not functioning correctly, but he’s nowhere near strong enough to even think of a transplant, so he’s on dialysis.”
Odom, 35, was in a coma for four days at a Las Vegas hospital before being transferred to L.A., and the trauma has affected him physically and mentally.
The source says Odom has suffered multiple strokes and is now “responsive, but very slow,” the source says.
“He can carry out simple directions, but it takes some time for him to do it,” the source adds. “But that’s way better than he was last week, so the family is taking the good news as they get it. He has wrecked his body, so it’ll take time to figure out how well he can come back. But everyone knows that he’ll never be the same as he was before this happened. There will always be lasting effects, and doctors are just trying to minimize them.”
The estranged stars recently called off their nearly finalized divorce, and all of the Kardashians have rallied around Odom in his time of need.
“Khloé is getting the updates and letting other people in the family know. They’re all keeping in touch,” the source says. “They’re all keeping him in prayer. Really, Lamar is lucky to be alive, and everyone knows that. We all feel like he is being kept alive for some greater purpose. No one knows how he’ll continue to heal, or what his capabilities will be, but he’s alive, and that’s what matters right now. That’s what counts.”