Lamar Odom reveals the scary extent of what happened when he was found unconscious in a brothel
Cast your mind back to 2015, and the world was shocked by the news that former-NBA player Lamar Odom had overdosed on cocaine during a visit to a brothel, leaving him in a coma. Not only was the world of sport shocked, but Khloé Kardashian, Lamar's wife (although she had filed for divorce) at the time, was left in a state of despair.
Now, I know what you're thinking: "To be fair, it's understandable - I would have a mental and physical breakdown if I was involved with a Kardashian" and I get that. But, when you hear the extent of the damage Lamar did to himself, his story of recovery becomes even more remarkable and horrifying at the same time.
For the Kardashians, however, they remarked that the incident is one of the toughest moments that they have ever had to face as a group of sisters. In a 2017 interview to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendall Jenner said:
"I landed from Hong Kong to London, I landed in London and the first text that popped into my phone was from Kim and it had said, ‘Lamar passed away.' And I immediately started sobbing on the plane.
"Then I got the next text came through saying, ‘OK, actually he's OK. He's alive but he's not doing well.' So that's why I was so upset because I wanted to be there to be able to say goodbye."
Kim, for her part, claims that someone had made a fake account and had emailed her false information that she relayed to her sisters.
"Someone had made a fake account and emailed me with the wrong information," she added. "And so just seeing Khloé…"
Khloé, who had filed for divorce from Lamar but was still legally married to him at the time of the incident, recalled that "I was screaming. But to think and to go through the motions as if someone has passed away is the most traumatic thing to do. And then to know they're really alive. It was too much emotions I think for any of us to handle."
However, while the information about Lamar being dead may have been false, in an interview with Kevin Hart, the former LA Lakers player revealed the harrowing extent of his abuse. Speaking to the comedian while sitting inside an ice bath, the conversation went as follows.
Odom: "It’s a good day to be alive, considering the alternative."
Hart: "100 percent. Do you now realize how close to death you were?"
Odom: "Yeah, all my doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle. I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks when I was in a coma."
Hart: "… God damn."
You can see why Odom's doctors see him as a walking miracle, to recover to full health, after enduring complications as serious as that, is nothing short of remarkable. Hopefully, he can put his troubles behind him and carry on the right path.