It was unclear whether Odom remained conscious or how long he was awake.
Odom’s college coach, Jim Harrick, told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that Kardashian told him she reached down to Odom on Friday morning and told him she loved him. Odom blinked, Harrick said.
The former Rhode Island coach said doctors were taking “some things” — Harrick implied they were breathing tubes and taking him off kidney dialysis — out of Odom on Friday afternoon.
“… And he’s awake now,” Harrick said. “So that’s probably the most encouraging news we’ve had since it all started.”
Odom is not in a coma and is using a mask to breathe, but has serious damage to his vital organs, the former NBA star’s mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, told “Access Hollywood” on Friday.
Odom has been at a Las Vegas hospital since Tuesday, after being found unresponsive at a brothel.
Earlier a source close to the situation told CNN that Odom, 35, improved a “tiny bit” during his third night at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.
Odom “got a tiny bit better — emphasis on tiny — and he was responsive in the middle of the night for a moment,” the source said.
Officials at Sunrise have not commented on the condition of Odom, whose medical decisions are being made by Kardashian, a source has told CNN. CNN has reached out several times to the hospital for comment and no one has returned any of the calls.
Little is known about what left Odom unresponsive at a brothel in Crystal, Nevada, where he was found Tuesday, three days after he checked in.
Nor is much know about what is going on inside his hospital room.
The husband of a woman who is on the same floor as Odom said security is extremely tight.
George Cooper said Odom has had many visitors. “All throughout the night there is banging and clicking as his entourage, managers, basketball players and what not coming and going off the floor,” he said, adding that his wife’s room is right by the doors to the wing. -CNN