lamar odom

We’ve got some guardedly positive news on the status of Lamar Odom.

According to TMZ, Odom was able to breathe on his own, with the help of a mask rather than a ventilator.

Our sources say doctors are trying to get Lamar functioning on his own, so a few minutes before this story was posted, they took him off the ventilator and put a breathing mask on Odom.

We’re told doctors are putting him back on the ventilator and used the mask as a test, and they plan on going back and forth to see if Lamar would be able to breath without heavy life support.

Earlier reports said that the ex-NBA star’s heart had shown some improvement. Also, some news outlets reported Odom woke up from his coma for the first time since he was discovered unconscious at Nevada brothel on Tuesday and hospitalized.

According to E! News, Odom opened his eyes on Friday and saw Khloe Kardashian, his estranged wife. He said “Hey, baby,” to her before giving her a thumbs up and falling back asleep.