Ex-NBA champ Lamar Odom shifted to LA hospital

Los Angeles: Former NBA player Lamar Odom was released from a Las Vegas hospital on Monday after showing signs of improvement following his drug-fuelled binge in a Nevada brothel, a report said.

Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom

E! Online entertainment news website said Odom, who was left fighting for his life after collapsing at the Love Ranch brothel last week, was being moved to a medical facility nearer to his Los Angeles home. The decision came after doctors judged Odom (35) was stable enough to be moved after regaining consciousness last week and continuing to recover through the weekend.

The report said the two-time NBA champion remained on dialysis because of a kidney problem but had passed a swallowing test and could breathe independently.

E! said Odom was communicating using hand signals. Earlier on Monday, a family statement said Odom was improving steadily.

"Each day Lamar is getting stronger and reaching significant milestones in his recovery. We are committed to remaining by his side as a family for our champion, who we love immensely," the statement from Odom's aunt JaNean Mercer said.

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