Nick Cordero, 41, is known for his scene stealing acting talents on Broadway, but he lately has gotten headlines for a whole other reason – after contracting COVID-19, he has been in a medically induced coma. His battle with the virus has been difficult but nothing short of inspiring.

It was a harrowing journey that thankfully has finally reached its conclusion in a happy way, as Cordero has finally woken up from his coma after being hospitalized since late March.

They had to amputate his leg

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Our last family photo before Nick got sick. What this man has gone through! Nick is 41 years old. He had no pre-existing health conditions. We do not know how he got COVID-19 but he did. He went to the ER on March 30th and intubated on a ventilator on April 1. Since then has he has suffered an infection that caused his heart to stop, he needed resuscitation, he had two mini strokes, went on ECMO, went on dialysis, needed surgery to removal an ECMO cannula that was restricting blood flow to his leg, a faciatomy to relieve pressure on the leg, an amputation of his right leg, an MRI to further investigate brain damage, several bronchial sweeps to clear out his lungs, a septis infection causing septic shock, a fungus in his lungs, holes in his lungs, a tracheostomy, blood clots, low blood count and platelet levels, and a temporary pacemaker to assist his heart. He has spent 38 days now in the ICU. This disease does not only effect old people. This is real. A perfectly healthy 41 year old man! Bring awareness to his story. STAY HOME! FOLLOW GUIDELINES! This journey with Nick has been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to go through. I ask God for a miracle and my Dad reminded me that God is answering my prayer everyday because he is still with us! Nick is a fighter and has not given up. His doctors and nurses have been truly incredible. Thank you @cedarssinai ❤️ We will get our CODE ROCKY! #wakeupnick

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Nick was initially diagnosed with pneumonia, which eventually turned out to be COVID-19. As he was being treated in intensive care, Nick’s blood pressure had dropped abnormally low, which led him to be put on life support.

The coronavirus caused a complication of a blood clot in his right leg. At first, he was given blood thinners to counter the effect of the complication but it caused internal bleeding. The only solution was to amputate his leg.

“We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today,” his wife Amanda Kloots said in a statement provided by the Associated Press on April 18.

Yet, Nick has also suffered a number of other complications, including two miniature strokes, septic shock and a fungus in his lungs, according to Kloots.

He had been unconscious until May 12.

A miraculous recovery

After more than 40 days in hospitalization, and the countless procedures and treatments he went through, Nick finally opened his eyes on May 12th 2020.

The happy news was shared via Cordero’s wife, fitness instructor Amanda Kloots, who posted on Instagram that he had finally woken up from his medically induced coma.

Dada is awake, he is awake guys. I asked the doctor today, ‘Can we say he’s awake?’ He is awake. It’s just that Nick is so weak right now that even opening his eyes, closing his eyes, takes out, like, all of his energy.

Amanda Kloots

Amanda also shared a video message from Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone, writing next to it: “Code Rocky!!!! Nick will not believe this! Thank you.”

Rocky is a term used by some medical professionals in the US to indicate when COVID-19 patients are on the road to recovery.

Nick Cordero starred in musical Rock Of Ages until the show closed due to the pandemic. After being diagnosed in March, his condition had gone downhill, and he ended up in intensive care, ultimately being placed on life support.

Throughout his whole battle with the virus, his wife Amanda was a constant fighter with him. She deeply believed in his recovery and remained optimistic even in the hardest moments.

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