Lamar Odom wakes from coma and utters first words to Khloe Kardashian

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Lamar Odom has woken up from his coma and spoken his first words since being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel.

The NBA star, 35, regained consciousness on Friday night (16 October) and is able to communicate, a family spokesperson has confirmed.

Lamar Odom
Kardashian Kollection handbag launch at Hugo's Sydney, Australia - 02.11.11


A representative for Lamar's aunt JaNean Mercer informed The AP that Lamar was verbally responsive and gave his family a thumb's up gesture when asked a question.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Lamar had been unresponsive since Tuesday (12 October), when he was discovered lying face down in the VIP suite of a Nevada brothel.

Since then, his ex-wife Khloe has been keeping a bedside vigil at a Las Vegas hospital, along with his family.

NBA player Lamar Odom and TV personality Khloe Kardashian
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A source told E! News that Lamar woke up and said "Hey, baby" to Khloe before giving the thumb's up sign and going back to sleep.

A hospital source also told Entertainment Tonight that Lamar was asked if he wanted to see his kids and he communicated 'yes'.

Reports also say he is no longer using a breathing tube, although it is not yet known if he has suffered any physical or mental impairment.

He had previously been given a 50/50 chance of survival.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom at Kim's baby shower, 2 June 2013

© Instagram / Kim Kardashian

Khloe and Lamar during happier times, June 2013

Khloe, 31, and Lamar separated in 2013 after four years of marriage, and signed divorce papers earlier this year.

However, because a judge has not finalised the paperwork, they are legally still married and Khloe is his next of kin.

This meant Khloe had the responsibility of having to make medical decisions on behalf of her ex-husband.

(l-r) Lamar Odom Jr, Lamar Odom, Destiny Odom, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner
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Lamar has two children with ex-Liza Morales - Destiny, 17, and Lamar Odom Jr, 13.

They gave a statement on Thursday, saying: "Thanks for your outpouring of prayers and support for our dad.

"We are here with our family and friends. We appreciate everyone respecting our privacy at this time. We ask for your continued prayers."

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