Khloé Kardashian Reveals That She Hasn't Told Lamar Odom What Caused His Brain Injury

The reality star opens up to Ellen Degeneres about the struggles of Lamar's recovery.

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It was just over a month ago that Lamar Odom was found passed out in a Nevada brothel (opens in new tab), then in a coma (opens in new tab) for three days in the ICU. Still hospitalized, Odom is now able to perform basic vital functions without the assistance of machines, though the multiple strokes he suffered caused brain damage that affects his cognitive abilities.

Since the devastating incident, Khloé Kardashian has been a major support figure for her estranged husband in his fragile state (opens in new tab), despite their increasingly complicated relationship. (She called off their divorce (opens in new tab), may be responsible for his medical decisions (opens in new tab), and also has a boyfriend (opens in new tab).) 

During an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, the reality star revealed a surprising detail about Odom's hospitalization: he is unaware of the events that put him there.

"Well, I can't tell him—we tell him he had a brain injury," Kardashian explained. "I can't tell him how the brain injury was caused because it will set him back. He's never asked why he's here. He doesn't ask."

 She continued to open up about the status of Odom's recovery, saying, "He has such a long way to go. He's learning how to walk again and feed himself again and put sentences together. Cognitively there's a lot—it's a long, long road ahead."

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