Report: Odom conscious, breathing on own, still critical

If determined solely by all the good thoughts and prayers from around the league for critically ill Lamar Odom, the vigil over the former star forward would be near its end. As it is, family and friends will take improvement where they can find it, with a report Friday afternoon that Odom was conscious and breathing on his own at a Las Vegas hospital.

According to sources cited by ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Odom no longer needed a breathing tube but was wearing a breathing mask. He remained in critical condition.

Odom was found unconscious Tuesday at a brothel in Nevada and, after being rushed to Las Vegas, was placed on life support. The 6-foot-10 inch product of New Britain, Conn., and the University of Rhode Island played 14 seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds for four franchises. Odom helped the Los Angeles Lakers win two NBA championships in 2009 and 2010, and was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2010-11.

Here are details from Shelburne’s latest update:

Sources told ESPN that Odom’s condition had been improving slightly over the past 36 hours, but he remained sedated as doctors worked to make sure his organs functioned properly.
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Late Thursday night, Khloe Kardashian, Odom’s estranged wife, said her family won’t be posting content online while attending to his health crisis. Kardashian’s representative confirmed Friday that the message on the reality TV star’s official app was posted by the family.

It read: “As a family, we’ve decided to hold off on publishing content across our apps while we continue to support and pray for Lamar.”
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Meanwhile, Odom’s aunt and godmother also thanked the public for its support, saying they’re focused on his “complete healing.”

Publicist Alvina Alston issued a statement Friday on behalf of JaNean Mercer, Odom’s maternal aunt and godmother.

The statement said in part: “No words can express the overwhelming gratitude we feel for the outpouring of support from around the world.”

Alston said Mercer is the sister of Odom’s late mother, who helped raise him in New York, where Mercer still lives. Mercer and other family members are now in Las Vegas.

2 Comments

  1. Carlos Mn says:

    Prayers answered. Now please young man, take care of yourself. Not too many people get these chances.

  2. Rashad jalloh says:

    I am so happy that Lamar odoom is doing well I was up all night praying that he could be fine cause he was in the top 20 of best basketball players until he left the lakers if he is going to retire I hope he dose it in the lakes πŸ’ͺπŸΏπŸ™πŸΏ stay strong