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
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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