Lamar Odom has a long road ahead of him, but its a recent short trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles that indicates he’s well on his way. The former NBA star was discharged from the Nevada hospital where he was taken for treatment after being found unconscious last Tuesday (Oct. 13). According to E! News, former wife Khloe Kardashian was by his side for the helicopter ride on Monday evening (Oct. 19).
A source tells Us Weekly that Lamar’s former mother-in-law Kris Jenner arranged for the father-of-two to receive care in California "so they can all be closer to him”.
The basketball star’s health is improving gradually – he is able to breathe on his own without the help of a ventilator and can move his arms and legs. He has also passed a swallowing test, a promising sign of neurological function, and has communicated using hand signals.
The athlete has reportedly managed to say “Hey baby” and “Good morning” to Khloé since waking up, although he is still struggling to communicate and writes on note paper. “He whispers but doesn’t talk,” a source told In Touch.
The former Lakers player is still on dialysis due to kidney failure, and is not yet able to stand up. He will need “a lot” of rehabilitation in the coming months.
Lamar’s move to Los Angeles will help Khloé, 31, remain close throughout his rehabilitation. The E! star has not left his side since he was admitted on Tuesday, and a source told E! News, “She goes everywhere with him. If Lamar leaves the room for testing, she follows.”
Lamar woke from a coma on Friday after being found unconscious in a legal brothel last week, having suffered a drug overdose.
Khloé has since been working with doctors to ensure that her ex-partner receives the best possible care, the source added, while another insider said that Khloé “won’t leave his side”.
Since being admitted into hospital, Lamar’s family has been rooting for his recovery. His two children Destiny and Lamar Odom Jr and their mother Liza Morales flew to Nevada to be with him, as well as the Kardashians.