Former Lakers star found unconscious in brothel
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada. Odom is a former American professional basketball player who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association.
Odom had been at the brothel since the previous Saturday and had been spending the majority of his time in the company of two escorts.
Richard Hunter, media director for the Love Ranch, recounted his story to USA Today about how he found Odom having an apparent drug overdose. “When I jumped up on the bed and I looked at his face, he had white foam coming out of his mouth, blood coming out of his nose, some yellow mucusy stuff running down the side of his face,” Hunter described. 911 dispatchers were told that Odom used cocaine while partying in Las Vegas before arriving at the brothel; drug use on the Ranch only included 10 herbal supplements known as “herbal Viagra” in those three days.
Odom received immediate medical attention at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where he spent several days in a coma. He awoke a couple days later on Friday, Oct. 16 and has since been showing slow signs of improvement. With his condition becoming more stable, doctors prepared to and successfully transferred Odom to Southern California’s Cedars Sinai Hospital in a helicopter on Oct. 19. Khloe Kardashian, Odom’s estranged wife, accompanied him in the helicopter ride to Los Angeles. He has been visited by former teammates, including Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
On Oct. 21, Kardashian released an official statement: “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…”
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