Reports Differ on Lamar Odom's Condition
One account that he's improving may be 'prematurely optimistic'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2015 1:06 PM CDT
Former NBA player Lamar Odom remains in a coma in a Las Vegas hospital as news outlets report contradictory information on his condition.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) – Family and friends say they have hope as contradictory reports surface on the condition of former NBA player Lamar Odom, who remains in a coma in a Las Vegas hospital. TMZ reports doctors say Odom's heart function was much better Friday morning and the 35-year-old is improving. But an anonymous hospital source tells USA Today that prognosis may be "prematurely optimistic." And according to E! Online, the best that can be said is Odom is no longer getting worse. "He's not getting better, and that has everyone worried," an anonymous source tells E! Doctors have stopped the strokes and brain swelling, but Odom is still breathing and eating through tubes. Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel Tuesday after reportedly taking cocaine and sexual performance pills.