Lamar Odom’s health has been making a steady improvement as the Kardashian clan united around his bedside in a Las Vegas hospital over the weekend.

According to E!The former LA Lakers star, for the first time, could socialize and move around, and is ‘heading in the right direction,’ He also passed a swallow test, a promising sign of neurological function and an important step because doctors took out his breathing tube and needed to ensure he could swallow on his own.

Odom was helped out of bed for the first time since being hospitalized Tuesday night. He was moved with assistance into a chair and his breathing showed no signs of distress. He continues to wear a mask to aid the flow of oxygen but he’s breathing on his own.

Upon opening his eyes and seeing Khloé Kardashian, who rushed to Las Vegas on Tuesday and has spent each night since in Odom’s room, he said “hey baby” and went back to sleep.
Overall, however, the former L.A. Lakers star is communicating mainly with hand signals, thumbs up or thumbs down. We hear he’s attempting to communicate with words but his speech is more or less limited to mumbles at this point.

Odom was taken off a ventilator on Friday night.

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