LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers star Lamar Odom opened his eyes Friday after at least four days in critical condition, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Odom, 35, opened his eyes Friday and somehow communicated that he wanted to see his kids, ET reported. It was unclear exactly how he was able to communicate.
Odom suffered a medical emergency at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, where an ambulance was sent about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly. Odom was taken to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, about 20 miles south of Crystal, she said.
The former basketball star arrived at the hospital at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday, and was later taken by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital.
Sheriff’s officials said a 911 call from two people at the brothel reported he had been using cocaine and up to 10 tabs of sexual performance enhancer supplements over a three-day period. He was reported to be unconscious, but breathing, with blood and “a white substance” coming from his nose and mouth.
Since Odom has been hospitalized, estranged wife Khloe Kardashian has remained at his bedside. The pair were married for about four years, but recently moved to finalize their divorce. According to media reports, their unresolved divorce proceedings left Kardashian with the authority to make medical decisions for Odom’s care.
The Kardashian family released a joint statement that said:
“As a family, we’ve decided to hold off on publishing content across our apps while we continue to support and pray for Lamar. Thank you for your kindness and understanding during this difficult time.”
If the former Lakers star can pull through this – his college basketball coach Jim Harrick says – he’ll have a huge support system.
“I know Khloe will help him. I’ll help him. We have friends and family that love the guy, he can live with me if he wants to, however, he must want to help himself. I’ve always said if it is to be it’s up to me and it’s up to Lamar. If he wants to be helped and take the right path, then he’ll have all the support in the world,” Harrick said.
Kris Jenner took to Instagram to show her support for Odom.
Daniel Artest, brother of Laker, Meta World Peace – has been at the hospital – and posted this update:
“Yes LO is alert, stable, did a little talking – breathing on his own. Today is a great day. Prayer works – Amen.”
Odom won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award while with the Lakers in 2011. He was a member of the Lakers’ 2009 and 2010 championship teams. He had two sons and a daughter, but one of his sons died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in June 2006 at 6 months old.
Odom appeared with Kardashian on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and in a spinoff series, “Khloe & Lamar,” in 2011 and 2012.
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