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Odom may need transplant

NBA star undergoing dialysis after collapse

- Martin Rogers @mrogersUSA­T USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Odom might need a kidney transplant as his medical treatment continues in Los Angeles, a person with knowledge of his condition told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

The person asked not to be named because of the sensitivit­y of the matter and because Odom was receiving ongoing treatment.

Odom was moved from Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles on Monday night. The person said that while he would continue to undergo regular kidney dialysis treatment, a transplant was a viable possibilit­y at some stage.

Odom was found unresponsi­ve at a Nevada brothel called the Love Ranch last Tuesday after a three-day stay at the establishm­ent. Police were told that he had used cocaine and sexual-enhancemen­t supplement­s in the preceding days.

He suffered several strokes and multiple organ failure, and, while other organs have returned to functional­ity, his kidneys are still failing, the person said.

In general, the outlook for Odom is far better than at the end of last week, with the 2010-11 NBA sixth man of the year and two-time world champion with the Los Angeles Lakers able to communicat­e with family members, walk a few steps and spend time out of bed resting in a chair.

He is expected to receive extensive therapy in order to improve his physical capabiliti­es and have brain tests to ascertain whether his mental function has been affected by his collapse, the person said.

“He continues to make miraculous progress, taking a few steps in Los Angeles,” a statement from his family said.

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ANGELA WEISS, GETTY IMAGES Lamar Odom is in Los Angeles.

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