Report: Khloe Kardashian to make medical decisions for Lamar Odom

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Lamar Odom remains hospitalized, fighting for his life, after an apparent weekend of partying at a brothel in Nevada has left him in critical condition. He’s reportedly improving, but the next couple of days reportedly will be crucial.

When it comes to medical decisions for him — and there will be big ones ahead, he may well have long-term brain damage from this — it is Khloe Kardashian who will be in charge, reports CNN.

Reality television star Khloe Kardashian will make medical decisions for the former NBA star, a source close to Kardashian said Wednesday. The couple’s divorce has not been finalized, the source told CNN.

Yes, the Kardashians have reportedly still had episodes talking about Odom’s reaching out to Khloe (I have not seen said episodes), but she has also been by his bed in Las Vegas and certainly will have his best interests at heart. We all understand rallying to the side of people in our lives who are in need — even people with whom we have differences.

When Odom started dating Khloe, he willingly stepped into the bright spotlight that follows the reality-TV star and her family. Odom wanted a higher profile, something bigger than just being a basketball star, and the Kardashians offered that. Odom wanted all of it and believed he was ready for it.

He was not. His vulnerabilities — part of what made him “real” and popular with teammates — were broadcast much wider than he really could grasp. The scrutiny and online punches that came his way were not something he handled well. The pending divorce hit him hard, another loss in a life that was full of them for Odom.

The Kardashians are not to blame for where Odom is right now, but his being part of their lives and their shows — a reality they are comfortable in — was another factor among many. Like everything else with Odom, this chapter of his life is complicated.