Lamar Odom is reportedly being treated for aspiration pneumonia at a medical facility in Los Angeles, California, after he was found unconscious at a brothel in Las Vegas last week.
The 35-year-old basketball player is being treated for a lung infection at a medical facility in Los Angeles, California, after he was found unconscious at a brothel in Las Vegas last week following a four-day drugs and alcohol binge.
Despite the life-threatening infection, which develops after food, liquid, or vomit has been inhaled, the sportsman is said to be making a good recovery and is able to speak in full sentences and swallow his food without assistance now.
However, Lamar's estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, who has been by his side since he was admitted to hospital last week, is finding the experience emotionally draining.
A source told E! News: “You can tell it's taking a toll on Khloe, but she is staying strong for Lamar.”
Lamar was discharged from Sunrise hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 19 October and airlifted via helicopter to a rehab facility in California to continue his treatment.
It's thought he can now move his arms and legs, although he's still unable to stand up, even with assistance.
The results of his CT scan are said to have come back normal but he will reportedly remain on dialysis, a procedure to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly, for a little longer.
Meanwhile, doctors have reportedly told Lamar's friends and family his recovery will be a long and difficult journey as the amount of damage to his body is yet to be determined.
Khloe has vowed to support him every step of the way throughout his treatment and recovery, though Lamar Odom may need to undergo a kidney transplant.
The former NBA star is reportedly still battling kidney failure despite being moved from Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.
A source claims the 35-year-old athlete's organs are all functioning at various levels again, but "his kidneys are shot."
The insider told gossip website TMZ.com that Lamar, who also suffered multiple strokes, is set to have six hours of dialysis - a process to remove waste and excess water from the blood and is used primarily as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function - a day, but could eventually need a kidney transplant.
Doctors in L.A. are also planning to perform more tests on his brain in a bid to establish the full extent of the damage from the strokes.
However, the former 'Khloé & Lamar' star's aunt JaNean Mercer insists he's making "miraculous progress" and "taking a few steps."
Khloé says Odom has made "incredible strides" in his recovery, though she admits the past week "has been incredibly difficult" and she couldn't have coped without the support of her "family, friends and fans."
The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star broke her silence on the drama on her official website, KhloeWithAK.com, writing: "The past week has been incredibly difficult. I am so thankful to family, friends, and fans, who have sent nothing but prayers and well wishes to Lamar. I also want to take a moment to thank everyone at Sunrise Hospital, including the amazing doctors and nurses for their kindness and diligent work. Under their amazing care, incredible strides have been made.
"You can never be prepared for an experience like this, but without the outpouring of love and endless prayers that Lamar has received and the strength I was given from my loved ones, it would have been difficult to endure. Thank you for your continued support. God is great!!!"