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Khloe Kardashian opens up about Lamar Odom's brain injury, 'long road ahead'

Khloe Kardashian opened up about Lamar Odom's recovery from his coma, saying that the former NBA star has "such a long way to go."
/ Source: TODAY

Khloe Kardashian continues to open up about Lamar Odom's recovery from his coma, saying that the former NBA star has "such a long way to go."

“He’s learning how to walk again and feed himself again and put sentences together," Kardashian said during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that will air Monday. "It’s a long, long road ahead.”

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She said that Odom is off medical equipment that supported his organs and has begun to talk, though he can't put many words together.

“He’s really confused a lot," she said. "Sometimes he knows who the president is and his birthday, and sometimes he thinks he’s 26. I say, 'I bet you wish you were 26, so do I!'"

According to Kardashian, Odom does not know the circumstances that led to his condition (Odom was found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel in October), and he doesn't ask.

Lamar Odom and  Khloe Kardashian
Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom and his wife television personality Khloe Kardashian sit courtside as they attend the 2011 BBVA All-Star Celebrity basketball game as a part of the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Los Angeles, in this February 18, 2011, file photo. Odom was hospitalized on October 13, 2015, after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel, law enforcement officials said. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/FilesReuters file

"We tell him that he had a brain injury," she said. "I can’t tell him how that brain injury was caused, because it will set him back."

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Part of that recovery involves halting her divorce from Odom. Kardashian and Odom signed their divorce papers months earlier, but due to a backlog in Los Angeles courts, a judge had yet to sign off on it. But following Odom's hospitalization, the couple requested the papers be withdrawn.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom in Sydney, Australia.Getty Images

“I’m there helping him and I love him and I’ve always loved him," she said. "And that will never change, and I just feel like it’s a really insensitive thing to fast-forward a divorce.”

Kardashian, who was on the talk show to promote her new book "Strong Looks Better Naked," also opened up about the difficult timing of her book tour and Odom's recovery.

"It's really awkward to be promoting my book," she said. "My heart and mind are in the hospital with someone else."