Lamar Odom has “opened his eyes,” an insider confirms to Us Weekly.
After being unconscious since Tuesday, Oct. 13, the former NBA player opened his eyes at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 16. He has been in critical condition for nearly 72 hours.
Entertainment Tonight also reported the news. The site further claimed that Odom was able to communicate. According to ET, Odom was asked if he wanted to see his kids, and communicated “Yes.” It still remains unclear how he conveyed his response.
TMZ reports, however, that while there’s been evidence of some body movements, including eye opening, doctors say it may be involuntary.
Odom, 35, was found unconscious this past week in his VIP suite at the Love Ranch South, a legal brothel in Pahrump, Nev., where he checked in last Saturday.
In a press conference held by the Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, Oct. 14, it was revealed that Odom “had used up to 10 tabs of sexual performance enhancements over a three-day period.” The sheriff also noted that 911 calls indicated he had used cocaine on Saturday; blood tests are still pending. According to the presser, the athlete “was [found] unconscious but breathing and had blood coming from his nose and mouth along with a white substance.” Two employees, Misty and Richard Hunter, dialed 911. Hunter explained that the pills Odom had been taking were called “Reload.”
After he was discovered by brothel employees, his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, rushed to his bedside from L.A. As previously reported by Us Weekly, Kardashian — who is legally responsible for all medical decisions related to Odom — was “inconsolable” about her ex’s state.
Accompanying Khloe at the hospital were other Kardashian-Jenner family members who visited Odom and left on Thursday night. Since the incident, Kris Jenner, Rob Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Kylie Jenner had all asked for prayers for Odom.
NBA players, including Odom’s former teammates Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest (Metta World Peace), also used social media to ask for support and prayers for their friend.
Us Weekly reported this past week that Odom’s children, Destiny and Lamar Jr., and his dad, Joe Odom, were flown out by Khloe to be with their dad. The kids released a separate statement of their own late Thursdsay night.
“Thanks for your outpouring of prayers and support for our dad. We are here with our family and friends,” the children, whom Odom shares with his ex Liza Morales, told Us. “We appreciate everyone respecting our privacy at this time. We ask for your continued prayers.”
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