Lamar Odom is reportedly on the mend. "He’s doing much better, still little by little,” a source told Us Weekly. “He is still getting lots of treatment but getting better day by day.” His greatly stabilized condition has given his wife, Khloé Kardashian, a much-needed break from her bedside vigil. Kardashian left the hospital for the first time in nearly two weeks, and even made an appearance at her sister Kim Kardashian's baby shower in Beverly Hills.
"Khloe left the hospital two days ago," the source revealed. "Not yesterday, but the night before. She will still be going to see him but not staying there because he’s doing OK and wanted some alone time with his kids."
While the crisis may have saved the formerly-estranged couple's marriage, Kardashian has made it clear that their divorce is back on if Lamar ever uses drugs again. According to TMZ, the reality star is tired of people calling her naive for taking her husband back, and says the only way she'll stick around (as his wife, at least) is if he remains clean and sober throughout his recovery and beyond.
But there's more at stake for Lamar than just his marriage. The former NBA player is reportedly still on the Kardashian family insurance plan, and considering his medical bills have mounted to the millions, getting cut off could have major financial consequences.
Meanwhile, new details have emerged about the time Lamar Odom spent at the Love Ranch brothel in Las Vegas just before his near-fatal overdose. According to TMZ, Odom arrived at the brothel needing to escape from his life, and may have been manipulated by the establishment's management into partying with prostitutes who encourage their clients to do drugs.
Indeed, one Love Ranch worker named Tristen Lace, who was present at the now-famous "lineup" when Lamar chose his partners for the weekend, says she's disgusted that management would push a known addict to party with Ryder Cherry and Monica Monroe. Lace is convinced that had Odom picked different company for his stay, he would not be in the hospital today.
As for the latest on Odom's condition, recent reports claim that the two-time NBA champion is still in critical condition with pneumonia and failing kidneys, though his speech and motor skills continue to show small improvements. Odom reportedly suffered at least a dozen strokes in the immediate aftermath of his overdose, the effects of which will take months to be seen.
Even as he fights for his life, Odom can't get a break from being a celebrity. Outspoken brothel owner Dennis Hof, who has been loose lipped with the media ever since Odom was first discovered unconscious at his establishment, has publicly threatened to sue should his $75,000 tab not be cleared. Plus, TMZ reports that several employees from the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, where Odom was treated immediately after his overdose, have been fired for trying to sell pictures of the basketball player.
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