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Lamar Odom's kidneys and lungs not functioning

The ex-NBA star made a miraculous recovery but still isn't out of the woods

By Shantila Lee | Published: 27 Oct 2015

Lamar still critical
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Lamar Odom is still facing a serious health crisis, a source close to the Kardashians told People. According to reports, two weeks after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, he was in a coma for four days, then showed signs of neurological function and underwent surgery connected to pneumonia at Cedars Sinai in LA.

"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?'" a source told People. "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."

Based on People's source, he had multiple strokes and is now "responsive, but very slow". "He can carry out simple directions, but it takes some time for him to do it," People's source adds. "But that's way better than he was last week. 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 minimise them."

Lamar, 35, still has Khloé Kardashian by his side, only leaving to attend Kim Kardashian's baby shower. She's called off their divorce and the entire Kardashian family is rallying around him. "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."

Related: Lamar Odom undergoes surgery
Related: Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom put their divorce on hold


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