Lamar Odom Will Probably Need a Kidney Transplant

Lamar Odom Will Probably Need a Kidney Transplant

Plus, Khloé Kardashian releases her first statement.

Published October 20, 2015

Lamar Odom's recovery has been nothing short of remarkable, but the former athlete just hit his first major roadblock. Odom's kidneys are failing and he may need a transplant, TMZ reports. Unlike the rest of his organs, which all failed but improved significantly since he was in a coma last week, his kidneys took the worst beating and may not return to any level of functionality. As one source put it, "His kidneys are shot."

The basketball star was transferred to Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles last night after spending a week at the Sunshine Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. He will reportedly undergo six hours of dialysis a day, to see if either of his kidneys can be saved, but the need for a transplant is likely.

While Odom's condition is drastically improved since he was first admitted to the hospital last Tuesday, it's still not clear what the full extent of damage his three day drug binge caused to his body and brain. Doctors at Cedars Sinai will be performing brain tests this week, which will help determine the extent of damage the strokes Odom suffered while he was unconscious had on him.

Meanwhile, Odom's estranged wife Khloé Kardashian, who has been at his side from the moment she arrived at the hospital last Tuesday, has released her first statement since the ordeal began. "The past week has been incredibly difficult," Khloe wrote on her website. "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!!!"

As always, Odom's friends, family and fans are praying for his continued recovery. Watch a recap of the near-tragedy below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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