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‘Kanye Saved Me,’ Lamar Odom Says

Yeezy’s music helped former NBA star recover when he was hospitalized – at least according to ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’

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Kanye West and Lamar Odom at the 'Yeezy Season 3' show at Madison Square Garden

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Dwight Howard isn’t the only NBA player to get an impromptu Kanye West concert while being stuck in a hospital. Turns out, Lamar Odom got a private performance, too…albeit, under completely different circumstances.

While Kevin Love and the rest of the world were gearing up for Game of Thrones on Sunday, a new episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians hit the airwaves. And in that episode, Kim Kardashian discussed how big of a role Kanye played in Lamar Odom’s road to recovery – even though no images or footage of Odom being in hospital were ever meant to make it on the show.

Because Odom, who was hospitalized last year after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, was unable to communicate with friends and family at the time – “Lamar wasn’t able to walk,” Khloe Kardashian said, “he had no facial recognition” – Kanye used music as a way of getting through to Odom.

“There was a moment when Lamar couldn’t really express himself and he couldn’t really talk, but he could hear what we were saying to him,” Kim said. “Kanye really felt we can cure him through music, like we can get him to talk. He would go to the hospital and he would rap and sing, and I think Lamar started to get his function back and started to talk once he started to listen to a lot of music.”

Kardashian revealed Lamar had told her: “Kanye’s music helped me so much. That’s when I realized I could start thinking again and things were coming back to me and I could start articulating it.”

Khloe added, “He’s always like that. He’s like, ‘Kanye saved me.'”

And hey, if the Kardashians said it on their show, you know it’s true. Khloe also mentioned how they were told Odom only had four hours to live when they first arrived at the hospital and that there was nothing they could do to help him. Considering Odom was in attendance for the final game of Kobe Bryant’s career six months after he was hospitalized, that’s a remarkable turnaround.

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