Khloé Kardashian speaks for first time about Lamar Odom
Khloé Kardashian posted her first statement in her own words Tuesday, speaking out about estranged husband Lamar Odom hours after he was transferred by air ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital to continue treatment after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel.
She said on her website that the past week has been "incredibly difficult," but she thanked family, fans, friends and Odom's doctors for all they've done.
"I am so thankful to family, friends, and fans, who have sent nothing but prayers and well wishes to Lamar. I also want to take a moment to thank everyone at Sunrise Hospital, including the amazing doctors and nurses for their kindness and diligent work. Under their amazing care, incredible strides have been made.
"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. Thank you for your continued support. God is great!!!"
Odom, 35, the former NBA star who is not yet officially divorced from Khloé, 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 he was taken in Los Angeles. US Weekly and other media reported it was Cedars-Sinai Hospital, and posted paparazzi pictures of the red-orange helicopter on the rooftop of the Las Vegas hospital.
According to a family statement, Khloé went with him. Odom's father and his two children from a previous relationship also joined him in Los Angeles.
“He continues to make miraculous progress, taking a few steps in Los Angeles,” the statement said.
Odom was found unresponsive at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nev. on Oct. 13, following several days of drinking, pills and sex. He was hospitalized in critical condition — in a coma and on life-support — in Las Vegas, and only regained consciousness and began talking a little on Friday.
Since then, his condition has been improving, and a family statement said said he was overcoming “insurmountable obstacles” and defying the odds.
Khloé, who rushed to his side along with members of her Kardashian reality-TV clan, has been making medical decisions because, as they are not yet officially divorced, she is the next-of-kin.