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E! News reports that Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel on Tuesday and slipped into a coma shortly thereafter, is now out of a coma and “appears to be on the road to recovery.” A source told E! that he woke up, saw Khloé Kardashian by his bedside, said, “Hey, baby,” gave her a thumbs up, and then went back to sleep.


Earlier today, his outlook was being widely reported as bleak, with outlets claiming that his brain functions were “significantly reduced” and that he was breathing only with the help of a ventilator. According to E!‘s source, he is no longer using a breathing tube.

“Lamar is doing well and opened his eyes this morning,” an insider tells Us. “He grabbed the doctor’s hand and his first word was ‘Hello.’” Odom, who has been in the hospital since Tuesday, Oct. 13, after being found unconscious at the legal Love Ranch South brothel in Pahrump, Nev., is also now breathing on his own.


“Once he started breathing, they asked him if he wanted to see Khloe,” the source adds, explaining that estranged wife Khloe Kardashian had to leave the room while doctors were removing his ventilator. “It is really a miracle. His heart is working and everything.” The source adds that doctors are still unclear exactly what caused Odom to go into a coma. “He was not brain dead,” the insider claims. “The truth is, doctors are still figuring out a lot right now.”


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