Khloé Kardashian opens up about her estranged husband's Oct. 13 hospitalization

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated November 19, 2015 12:05 PM
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Khloé Kardashian is opening up about the scary moment she learned her estranged husband Lamar Odom had been hospitalized after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel over a month ago.

During an interview that aired Thursday with Today‘s Natalie Morales, Kardashian, 31, revealed she was initially told Odom only had four hours to live.

“It’s a horrible call to get,” Kardashian said. “Getting to the hospital and knowing he’s in a coma and having to run these tests or make medical decisions – it’s terrifying.”

Odom, 36, who woke up from the coma three days later, remains hospitalized in Los Angeles as he recovers.

“You have to make risk-and-reward decisions,” Kardashian told Morales. “Like, okay, well, there’s an 80 percent chance if we do this operation, he might pass away. But also if we don’t do it, there’s a 90 percent chance he’ll pass away.”

“Just having to make these executive decisions is really hard, I think on anybody,” she continued. “So it was definitely probably one of the most emotionally stressful times ever in my life.”

In terms of the former NBA star’s current health status, Kardashian said that “every day is different,” though he is no longer dependent on life-support machines.

“He is learning how to walk again and learning … cognitive therapy and speech therapy,” Kardashian explained. “They think, like, within a year and a half to two years that, mentally, he might be fully recovered. But they don’t know.”

Kardashian also discussed her decision to halt their divorce proceedings.

“I was expediting the divorce prior, and I’m still separated with him, but I’m just not expediting them anymore,” she said. “There was no reason for it. And also, [it’s] in his will that I’m always the medical adviser. And it was just – he had no one else to make these decisions for him.”

The reality star took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm that she is still planning to end her marriage to Odom: “Divorce is still going forward. Doesn’t mean I won’t be there through sickness and health. I’ve proven that.”

Kardashian is currently recovering from her own health issue: The reality star contracted a staph infection while caring for Odom at his hospital bedside.

“She’s home on antibiotics and being closely monitored a doctor,” a source told PEOPLE Thursday, adding that the infection “was exacerbated by stress.”

Another source said Kardashian’s doctors are happy with how she is progressing and that she “just needs some medication and some rest and she will be fine.”