The recovery of Lamar Odom over recent days has progressed to the point he can get out of Las Vegas.
He has been at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas since the hours after he was found unconscious from an overdose after several days spent on a binge at a Nevada brothel. But now our fellow NBC Universal site E! News online is reporting Odom will be on the move back to Los Angeles area hospital soon.
We’re told Odom is expected to leave the hospital in the next day and a half, pending his condition remaining stable. They are in the early stages of working out the logistics of how they may transport him back to L.A. As we previously reported, Lamar’s stature prohibited him from being able to airlifted in a helicopter, so privately chartering a medical flight is one of several options that is being considered at this time.
As E! News exclusively reported earlier today, the former Laker’s health is improving day to day, but the 35-year-old athlete, who initially entered the hospital after being found unconscious, is going to need “a lot” of rehab in the coming months.
Lamar is “making fast progress” and can move his arms and legs, but he is not able to stand up, even with assistance. A CT scan came back clean, but there may be some cognitive issues ahead. Though Lamar is still on dialysis due to kidney failure, he is showing signs of improvement. He passed a swallowing test, a promising sign of neurological function, and has communicated using hand signals. Additionally, he is no longer wearing an oxygen mask and is “doing great with his breathing.”
This is good news for Odom, who had the NBA community behind him pulling for his recovery. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved teammate (or someone liked better by the media, myself included), which for many made it hard to watch his downward spiral over the past few years. A number of people around the NBA reached out and tried to help Odom, but nothing changed his course.
According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Odom will be transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The good news for Odom is that despite some serious remaining issues it appears he will survive. But as noted in the E! story he has a long way to go, and it remains to be seen how much he can return to his old self.