This is terrible to hear, but not surprising considering all that’s happened to Lamar Odom since being found unconscious in Nevada almost month ago today. Since then, he’s suffered a series of strokes and was undergoing dialysis with serious enough kidney damage he was being considered for a transplant.
But it’s not Odom’s kidneys that are causing concern among his family now. After being in a coma for so long, there had been fears of brain damage and that result may have settled into reality as TMZ Sports reports:
Our sources tell us Lamar has made little progression in the last couple weeks. We’re told he’s only able to speak a word here and there, and at times he seems “empty.”‘
The scariest part … Lamar can’t recognize longtime friends and even family members when they come to visit. We’re told docs believe he’s suffered significant brain damage.
Not only that, but the New York Post adds that during a taping of the Ellen show set to air on Monday, Lamar’s wife, Khloe Kardashian, said that he doesn’t even know why he’s still in the hospital and is “really confused a lot.”
“We tell him that he had a brain injury, but we can’t tell him how that brain injury was caused, because that will set him back,” Kardashian explained. “He never asks why he’s here. He doesn’t ask. He’s really confused a lot — sometimes he knows who the president is and his birthday, and sometimes he thinks he’s 26, and I say, ‘I bet you wish you were 26, so do I!’”
On a positive note, Khloe adds that Odom’s “off of all the machines that help his organs,” and is walking around. Even though those purported comments seem to refute some of what TMZ is reporting, Kardashian admits he’s a long way from a return to any semblance of a normal life.
“He’s learning how to walk again and feed himself and put sentences together…it’s a long, long road ahead.”