Lamar Odom Is Reportedly Off Life Support & Speaking to Khloe Kardashian

This is awesome news! Though he's not out of the woods yet, Lamar Odom is off life support and communicating from his hospital bed, according to statement from a rep. The NBA star reportedly said "hi" to his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, as well as gave a thumbs-up sign.

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Khloe has been by Lamar's bedside since he was found unconscious at the Love Ranch South legal brothel outside of Las Vegas on Tuesday. It's believed he took a mix of cocaine and herbal Viagra, which led to a heart attack and organ failure. He's been in a medically induced coma as well as on dialysis since then, and things have looked dire.

So dire in fact that the entire Kardashian crew declared a social media blackout while they pray for him to get better. For a family who makes a lot of money by being in the public eye, that's pretty huge.

Yahoo reports that a publicist for Odom's maternal aunt, JaNean Mercer, confirmed that Odom was conscious as of Friday. The publicist, Alvina Alston, said that he not only spoke a greeting, but also offered a thumbs-up. She also said that "his complete healing is paramount and our primary focus."

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That's a heck of a lot of development for someone who seemed to be on death's doorstep yesterday. He suffered from some significant brain swelling, and while doctors don't know the extent of the damage yet, the fact that he was not just taken off life support but also able to speak and use the motor skills to make a hand gesture is amazing.

Lamar still has a very long way to go -- he needs to get himself physically better, and then he needs to battle his drug addiction demons. Hopefully he will pull out of this and realize that he needs to make a major change in his life.

Thankfully, it looks like he might get that chance.

 

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