Lamar Odom is making an amazing recovery after he was found unconscious at a brothel called Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South, near Las Vegas, on Tuesday, October 13. He was found after partying for days at the brothel with a group of girls, reportedly without friends or his entourage present. Dennis Hof revealed that he spent $75,000 at the brothel in the few days he was there, CNN reported. Odom was intubated, transferred to a Las Vegas hospital, and was fighting for his life after possibly suffering from multiple strokes. According to TMZ, he only had a 50/50 chance of surviving. On Friday, multiple sources reported that he finally regained consciousness and was able to say “hi,” but he still remained in a guarded condition. On Monday, October 19, he was transferred to a hospital in Los Angeles and is having an amazing recovery, but still has a long way to go, E Online reported.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. He Was Found Unconscious in a Las Vegas Brothel
Odom was found unconscious at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South, a brothel in Pahrump, Nevada, Us Weekly reported. One of the women who was with him found him unconscious in his room and called for a manager. When the manager turned him over, he had mucus-like liquid coming out of his nose and mouth, the Daily Mail reported. He was found around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, and had previously been seen by employees at 6 a.m.
He was stabilized by paramedics and then transferred to a hospital in Las Vegas. At first he was going to be air lifted, the Los Angeles Times reported, but he was too tall for the helicopter and was transferred by ambulance instead. It took about three hours for Odom to arrive at the hospital from when the first ambulance arrived at the brothel, but officials said this did not impact the quality of his care, NBC News reported.
2. He May Have Been Taking an Herbal Viagra Substitute And Had “Every Drug Imaginable” In His System
Odom may have been taking quite a bit of an herbal Viagra substitute, the Daily Mail reported. Employees said that they didn’t see him with any illegal drugs, but E Online reported that he had “every drug imaginable” in his system.
Employees of the brothel said that Hof had ordered a bottle of cognac that weekend and by Tuesday, a third of it was still left, The Los Angeles Times reported. He was in a somber mood on Sunday but ready to have fun. According to 911 calls from two employees after finding Odom, he had taken cocaine on Saturday but it wasn’t known if he had taken any since then, NBC News reported. The herbal Viagra he also took was purchased from the brothel.
3. He Had Been Partying at the Brothel Since Saturday
Odom’s collapse came after days of partying with girls who were at the brothel, the Daily Mail reported. Odom was partying alone and didn’t have friends or his entourage with him, TMZ reported. However, Odom had told Dennis Hof, the brothel’s owner, in advance that he was arriving. Odom stayed at Hof’s home that is attached to the brothel, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Staff from the brothel wanted to be with Odom at the hospital, but they were told that only family was allowed in the room with him. Khloe Kardashian and her family were with him in the hospital, TMZ reported, along with his two children and his estranged father. Because Khloe’s divorce to Odom wasn’t finalized, she is making the medical decisions for him, CNN reported. She traveled with Odom when he was transferred to a hospital in Los Angeles and is praying for him constantly, People reported.
4. He Was Given a 50/50 Chance of Survival, But He’s Doing Amazing Well So Far And Even Opened His Eyes And Said “Hi”
When Odom arrived at the hospital, he had to be intubated and put on a ventilator. At the time, he was given a 50/50 chance of survival. However, he has since regained consciousness and has been able to communicate, E Online reported. He’s also been taken off of the ventilator and has even been transferred to a hospital in Los Angeles, but he’s not out of the woods yet.
An MRI showed that he suffered multiple strokes and has to be on dialysis for kidney failure, TMZ reported. The strokes may have been ischemic, which is commonly caused by cocaine and other drug overdoses, E Online reported. He may be suffering brain damage, but it’s not known to what extent, according to E Online. He showed his first signs of improvement on Friday, ET reported. He responded “yes” when asked if he wanted to see his children. He also said “hi” to Khloe, the LA Times reported.
His condition stabilized enough for him to be transferred to Los Angeles, but he’s still not able to walk, even with assistance. However, he can communicate with hand signals and passed a swallow test, which is a good sign of cognitive function, E Online reported.
5. Fans Are Expressing Worry And Shock
Lamar Odom, a professional basketball player and Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband, has a lot of fans. The news of what happened to him spread like wildfire and fans expressed shock and worry when they firs theard the news. Here are just a few examples:
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