Lamar Odom's recovery has been nothing short of miraculous and it just keeps getting better. The former NBA player was hospitalized more than three weeks ago after being found unconscious inside Love Ranch South, a legal brothel in Pahrump, Nevada. He awoke from his coma four days later and, after extensive testing, doctors found that kidney failure was among the only lasting damage he had suffered as a result of the incident. New reports suggest Odom, 35, has made further strides in his recovery.
Us Weekly has reported that Odom is "getting stronger" as the days pass. Sources said he is improving with each day, adding that he has been "more coherent" and is now speaking more than he initially was. Odom is also said to be "walking with help." An insider also told the outlet that doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles are working tirelessly "to get his kidneys to function on their own." It is not known at this time how they plan to reverse the damage or if it will be successful.
"He is getting stronger every day," the source said. "And has a great team of therapists and specialists working with him. He's 6 ft. 11 in. and weighs a lot, so getting him to walk a little has been really hard."
Odom was hospitalized on Oct. 12. Early reports claimed the outlook was grim for the estranged husband of Khloé Kardashian, as he was not able to breathe on his own and doctors worried he may have suffered brain damage. After extensive testing it was determined that Odom would need either dialysis or a kidney transplant, but his other vital organs were undamaged. He was said to have spoken to Khloé, 30, upon coming to on Oct. 16.
His condition is thought to have been caused by the potentially deadly combination of herbal Viagra and cocaine, which the Nye County Sheriff's Department was able to determine was present in Odom's blood at the time of his hospitalization. The FDA has warned against the use of the herbal supplement, especially in conjunction with other substances.
Although he continues to make progress, Odom remains hospitalized in Los Angeles. It is not yet known when he will be released.