Lamar Odom May Sustain “Permanent Scarring Of Lungs,” Will Have Difficult Recovery

Lamar Odom May Sustain “Permanent Scarring Of Lungs,” Will Have Difficult Recovery
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Despite making recovery from the life-threatening state he was found in on October 13 this year, Lamar Odom is facing health problems and could face rehabilitation for a long time.


The former NBA star is currently being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after he was discovered unconscious in a Nevada brothel with drugs in his system. He underwent surgery Wednesday for what is being said is related to pneumonia.

According to People, a source who is very close to the Kardashians said, “It’s two steps forward, then a step back, but it does feel like some progress is being made, little by little. There’s still a black cloud, like, ‘Okay, what’s next?’ The pneumonia was a huge setback, and now there’s worry about permanent scarring of the lungs. His kidneys are still not functioning correctly, but he’s nowhere near strong enough to even think of a transplant, so he’s on dialysis.”

Odom’s friend and coach at the University of Rhode Island for the 1998-99 season, Jim Harrick, said that Odom may have to spend at least six months in rehabilitation. In a telephone call with USA Today, Harrick said that Odom will have an extremely difficult recovery. “Obviously there is a lot of attention about all this but the thing to remember is that there is a long road ahead to rehabilitation. This is serious stuff. It could be six months or more for rehab and all that. We don’t know what state his kidneys and lungs are going to be in.”

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Although Odom was transported to the Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center initially, he was taken to Los Angeles a week ago. “The big thing is that we don’t feel he is going to die,” Harrick said. “That was the hard part, not knowing about that. All the guys he knows, all the guys he played with, everyone has just been hanging on pins and needles waiting to see what is going to happen. I love him and care about him. You can see from the reaction how people feel about him. I just want him to get right and have a long and happy life.”

Odom received NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2011. Additionally, he is a two-time world champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and won an Olympic bronze medal for Team USA in 2004.

His wife, Khloe Kardashian, has remained by his bedside during his care, except when she left to attend her sister Kim Kardashian’s baby shower. “Khloé is getting the updates and letting other people in the family know. They’re all keeping in touch,” the source close to the family said.

“They’re all keeping him in prayer. Really, Lamar is lucky to be alive, and everyone knows that. We all feel like he is being kept alive for some greater purpose. No one knows how he’ll continue to heal, or what his capabilities will be, but he’s alive, and that’s what matters right now. That’s what counts.”