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New Lamar Odom update reveals he's still not in the clear

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Lamar Odom reportedly has a long road back to recovery and is in need of an organ transplant

Lamar Odom might have made the move to Los Angeles to continue his treatment and recover, but he is, most definitely, not out of the woods yet.

At this point, only time will tell how bad things really are for the former NBA star.

A source close to Odom is saying he is in need of a kidney transplant. This weekend, TMZ reported that Odom is suffering from kidney failure and has been on dialysis. This source claims he is "definitely" in need of an organ transplant, concluding, "His kidneys are shot."

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New sources close to Odom have told Us Weekly that of most concern are the dozens of strokes he reportedly suffered. This source said, "He's doing a tiny bit better, but he has a very long road back to full recovery — if that." A second source agreed, telling the publication it's his brain "that's the most serious thing he’s dealing with," but they still don't quite know how bad things really are.

The first source said, "The doctors just don’t know the extent of all the damage yet. There are still a lot of tests that need to be done.” While the second insider concurred, "He'll get more of his motor skills back gradually, but cognitively, he’s not where he used to be."

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While there are many factors that come into play, the average person on UNOS’ waiting list waits 3.6 years for a kidney, and 3,000 new patients are added to just the kidney waiting list each month. And while those numbers are scary, there is something you can do: Register to be an organ and tissue donor and talk to your family about your wishes.

We are wishing Odom the best as he continues down this long and difficult road.

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