Lamar Odom update: liver, kidney failures mean long term rehab
Lamar Odom is on dialysis for the last more than a week and he is in urgent need of kidney transplant due to kidney failure. Reports suggest that following the drug overdose he suffered kidneys and other organ failures. As both his kidneys are affected, he is in urgent need of kidney transplant.
Now Rob Kardashian, KhloÃ© Kardashianâ€™s 28-year old brother who used to be his best buddy till very recently has said he is ready to give one of his two kidneys to Lamar Odom. It must be noted that he used to stay with Odom and KhloÃ© Kardashian at their home till the two were together and still seems to have good relations with him.
Daily Mail while quoting a source regarding KhloÃ© Kardashianâ€™s brother says, â€œRob is willing to do whatever it takes to help Lamar recover. If that means donating a kidney then so be it, Rob has a big heart and heâ€™s willing to step up to help his friendâ€¦Rob is willing to undergo medical tests to find outâ€.
Everyone needs to undergo some common tests before the kidney can be donated. At least one in a thousand people are born with just one kidney. A potential donor must be in good physical and mental health, and the first tests are designed to confirm this. Such tests include, psychological health, urine tests and blood tests. Blood testing will also check how well your kidneys, liver and other organs are working as well as making sure that the you have enough blood and that the blood clots properly. Your glucose tolerance test may also be carried out.
Then kidney tests will be carried out. An ultrasound scan of the kidneys may be performed to check that you have two kidneys and that they appear to be of normal size and shape. Further tests are needed to check that both kidneys are working well. These may be blood tests, urine tests or other scans. One blood test looks at a blood chemical called creatinine. This is a substance that the body produces naturally and that is normally removed from the bloodstream by the kidneys. Another way of testing kidney function is to look at your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This usually involves an injection of a chemical into a vein in the arm, followed by a series of blood samples. Then most donors will have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT (computed tomography) scan to assess the size, shape, position and blood vessels of each kidney. These scans will vary from hospital to hospital and will give a three-dimensional picture of the kidneys and their blood vessels.
Rob says that he is prepared to do what comes and is ready to bail out his brother in law during his worst crisis.