After spending 18 days in intensive care with coronavirus Broadway actor Nick Cordero will need to have his right leg amputated due to complications from the virus.
His wife Amanda Kloots announced the news on Instagram.
“They had him on blood thinners for the clotting and unfortunately the blood thinners were causing some other issues — blood pressure and some internal bleeding in his intestines.
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.”
Cordero entered the ICU on March 31 with trouble breathing and an initial diagnosis of pneumonia. After two tests for COVID-19 were negative, a third came back positive.
Kloots had said in an Instagram Story on April 12.
“I got a phone call saying he had an infection in his lung that caused his fever to spike way above normal, which caused his blood pressure to drop and caused his heart to go into an irregular pattern.
He lost consciousness, he lost his pulse and they had to resuscitate him. It was very scary. They had a very hard time getting him back.”
Instagramers are using the hashtag #WakeUpNick to show their support for the couple.
Cordero first appeared on Broadway in 2014’s Bullets Over Broadway, and he earned a Tony nomination for best featured actor in a musical. He’s also performed in Waitress and A Bronx Tale.
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We got Nicks song on the radio guys! Thank you to @stevievanzandt every night at 6pm EST on @siriusxm channel 21!!! Holy Moly!!! AND right after we finished singing tonight I got a phone call from the hospital saying that Nick made it out of surgery alive and he is headed to his room to rest and recover! AMEN! He is hearing us!!! He is hearing the support, the love and your voices everyday. I just know it. Thank you God for watching over him and for the incredible doctors and nurses @cedarssinai hospital! ❤️ I may sleep tonight.
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Nick and I met while performing in the Broadway show, Bullets Over Broadway. Let me tell you something about the Broadway community: They are thick as thieves. They are relentless. They are believers!! You can’t stop an artist from creating or wanting to help. ⠀ Over 70 cast members from one of Nicks shows, A Bronx Tale came together to pray for Nick yesterday. He will be so moved by this. This is a beautiful prayer, it brought me to tears. I will be saying it all day as I wait to hear how things go today. If the doctors feel confident they will remove the ECMO machine so that his heart and lungs will run on their own. They are also taking a look into his right leg to gage blood flow there as it has been a big issue. I completely trust Nicks medical team who have worked relentlessly on saving his life. So until I hear he is safe back in his room I’ll be praying and thank you for joining me! 🙏🏻
(Photo, Avalon; via Variety)