Los Angeles — Lamar Odom left a Las Vegas hospital and is now in the Los Angeles area to continue his recovery a week after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, a family representative said Tuesday.
The former NBA star was transported by helicopter from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas around 5 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom’s aunt JaNean Mercer. She did not say where Odom was taken in Los Angeles.
The statement from the Mercer and Odom families thanked the hospital and Odom’s fans and said his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, his father and his two children from a previous relationship are with him.
“He continues to make miraculous progress, taking a few steps in Los Angeles,” the statement read.
Kardashian posted a separate statement to her website saying Odom made “incredible strides” at the Las Vegas hospital and thanking the doctors and nurses “for their kindness and diligent work.” The family has received strength from the outpouring of support from Odom’s fans, she said.
News of his release comes a day after a family statement said Odom’s condition was improving. It said he was overcoming “insurmountable obstacles” and defying the odds.
The hospital and Odom’s relatives have not revealed his prognosis, but the family has hinted at a long road ahead, saying they realize his “continued improvement” won’t be easy.
Odom was found in extremely critical condition Oct. 13 at the Love Ranch brothel in the rural community of Crystal, Nevada. He regained consciousness and communicated for the first time last Friday.
Brothel owners said workers saw him drink alcohol and take supplements sold as “herbal Viagra.”
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2013 against one brand he took, Reload, after it was found to contain sildenafil, the active ingredient in prescription Viagra.
Odom also told at least one of the women he had done cocaine, but brothel owners say they did not see him take any drugs or find any there.
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