Lamar Odom Released From Hospital, Continues Recovery in Private Rehabilitation Facility

Athlete has been hospitalized for weeks in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles

By Melanie Bromley, Lily Harrison Jan 09, 2016 12:49 AMTags
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Lamar Odom has hit a huge milestone in his length recovery: he's been released from a Los Angeles hospital.

E! News has learned that the former professional athlete was moved into a private rehabilitation facility Wednesday, where he'll be able to continue focusing on his condition and overall health.

The 36-year-old had remained in a hospital since Oct. 13, when he was found unconscious in a Las Vegas-area brothel.

Odom was taken from Dennis Hof's Love Ranch South to Sunrise Medical Center where he remained in treatment for several weeks.

After that, he was transferred to a Los Angeles hospital where he remained

While at Sunrise, a source told E! News that "drugs were found in his system" and doctors are treating the situation as an "overdose." The source also said that the basketball player suffered a "loss of oxygen," resulting in what appears to be an "ischemic stroke" caused by a blood clot preventing blood flow to the brain. 

Khloe Kardashian has since been open about her ex's difficult health battle, and how she's been coping with the recent events. In fact, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star explained during an interview on the Today show exactly how she reacted to receiving a phone call about Odom.

"It's a horrible call to get," she admitted. "Getting to the hospital and knowing he's in a coma and having to run these tests or make medical decisions. It's terrifying."

Khloe also gave some insight into how he's doing these days, sharing, "He is learning how to walk again and learning...cognitive therapy and speech therapy. They think, like, within a year and a half to two years that, mentally, he might be fully recovered. But they don't know."

Earlier this week, the 31-year-old also discussed Odom during her appearance at the 2016 Television Critics Association Press Tour to chat about her upcoming show Kocktails with Khloe.

"It's not my story to tell, I want to respect that and I want him to be able to tell that story," Khloe began by explaining to the crowd.

"I'm just there to support and care for him, but he's doing amazing and I'm so proud of the strength that he has to fight this battle that's his battle, and I'm so grateful for everybody's love and concern because I do think it's coming from a good place."

And while it is true that Odom's recovery thus far has been nothing short of miraculous—considering the fact that he woke up from a coma and is off dialysis, both huge feats in and of themselves—it's clear that he still has a very long road ahead. Us Weekly was the first to report on Odom's release.

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