Lamar Odom wakes up: Multiple sources confirm star emerges from coma

NBA player Lamar Odom and TV personality Khloe Kardashian 19th Annual Race to Erase MS held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Century City, California - 05.18.12 Where: USA When: 18 May 2012 Credit: WENN

It’s no longer a matter of what to do if Lamar Odom wakes up; now, medical professionals can start recovery for the former NBA and reality TV star. Multiple sources have confirmed that Odom is awake from his coma and responsive to both doctors and his family, and, while those doctors do advise caution, it’s possible that the worst of the week-long seizure- and drug-based ordeal is now behind Odom.

According to several sources–among them CNN, NBC, and E! Online–Odom woke up and spoke for the first time since being hospitalized on Tuesday. Those sources corroborate a story that’s been widely reported over the last few hours: namely, that Odom’s estranged wife Khloe Kardashian reached down to Odom and told him she loved him. When she did that, Odom blinked, said “Hi” to his wife, and gradually woke up.

Jim Harrick, Odom’s college coach, told CNN “He’s awake now. So that’s probably the most encouraging news we’ve had since it all started.”

E! reported that Odom’s first words upon waking up and seeing Khloe were “Hey, baby,” and that he gave the Kardashian a thumbs-up. In addition, Odom’s breathing tube has been removed.

NBC further confirmed that, despite the good news, Odom remains on life support, and has had “at least” one stroke since being discovered unconscious at a Nevada brothel with “virtually every drug imaginable” in his system.

Celebrity tributes and requests for prayer and well-wishes continue to pour in, perhaps most notably from Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner:

#pleasepray #ourfighter #RP @cicibussey ・・・ ???? #prayforlamar !!!

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