Lamar Odom NOT “Communicating,” Despite Report
UPDATE: Lamar Odom briefly regained consciousness later Friday, but there are varying, unconfirmed reports about him speaking. The Kardashians have not publicly commented to confirm the claims, nor have any of his immediate family members.
Lamar Odom is NOT “communicating,” despite a report that misrepresents his current condition.
In a so-called “breaking exclusive,” “Entertainment Tonight” announced via its ETOnline.com website on Friday afternoon, “Lamar Odom Opens His Eyes and Is Able to Communicate.” The accompanying stated article, “When asked if he wanted to see his children, the 35-year-old former NBA star communicated ‘Yes’ according to a source. It’s unclear if he spoke or used body language to communicate.”
This is NOT true. Odom is in no way intentionally communicating and remains unresponsive, just as he has since he was found unconscious on Tuesday. As for the claim that Odom is opening his eyes, such action is being ruled involuntary. A patient may be comatose, but experience involuntary reactions, such as the jerking of body parts. This is no different than the previous report that Odom had “squeezed” a family member’s hand, a movement that was also involuntary.
The sad fact remains that neurological testing has not indicated Odom is currently cognizant. As Gossip Cop reported earlier, his heart has showed increased function, but the star is still on life support, using a ventilator and a feeding tube. There is reason to be hopeful, but the reality is that Odom’s critical condition is largely unchanged. If and when Odom actually awakes, his brain function will be more fully assessed. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.