Broadway star Nick Cordero continues to battle the coronavirus, and wife Amanda Kloots offered an update to reveal he’s suffered another setback.
In an Instagram Story, Kloots noted that his lungs had become “severely damaged” due to the respiratory disease.
“Yesterday was a very hard day. He started off with low blood count. Luckily, Nick’s CT scans came back clear of internal bleeding as of now, so that was a huge blessing,” Kloots shared.
“However, we did learn that due to COVID, Nick’s lungs are severely damaged to look almost like he’s been a smoker for 50 years, they said, they’re that damaged,” she added.
Meanwhile Kloots is trying to stay positive as the actor continues to struggle to recover from the coronavirus.
Kloots appeared on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday and gave the latest update on Cordero’s health. She shared that 41-year-old Cordero — who’s currently in a medically induced coma — was supposed to get a trach and a feeding tube but his blood count was too low.
“Unfortunately, this morning, his blood count was really, really low,” she says. “Low blood can mean that he’s internally bleeding from somewhere, so now we have to wait.”
During the interview, Kloots talked about experiencing highs and lows when it comes to Cordero’s coronavirus battle. She shared that at first he was diagnosed with pneumonia when he went to urgent care, and they were both celebrating that it wasn’t COVID-19. But when his condition got worse even after taking medication, he went to the emergency room at the advice of a friend who’s a doctor.
Kloots said the “saddest part” was that she thought she was going to see him in two hours and didn’t even give him a kiss or a hug because at that point, she and their 10-month-old son, Elvis, were self-isolating from him. But an hour later, Cordero called her and said he was admitted to the hospital and was now in a bed receiving oxygen. The next morning, she said he was scared when telling her doctors wanted to now put him on a ventilator.
“Oh, it’s terrifying,” Kloots recalls. “And to be honest, I didn’t even really understand what all of this meant.”
Kloots said Cordero started to get better, but then he got a sudden infection and they had to restart his heart after he had no pulse for two minutes.
“The call that morning was supposed to be, ‘We’re taking him off the ventilator today ’cause he’s doing so well,'” she says. “This was a new infection that came in. They said, ‘Amanda we are trying to get him to an ECMO machine as soon as possible, this will save his life.'”
Kloots then had to make the difficult choice to agree to amputate Cordero’s right leg due to more complications.
“He’s a dancer, he’s an actor, he’s a performer,” she notes. “It was not an easy decision to make.”
Despite the harrowing time, Kloots said she is moved by all the support she and Cordero have received and fully believes he will wake up from his coma.
“I feel like there’s an army of people behind him, behind us, and I just believe — I get chills saying it — I just believe that he will wake up.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “Scrubs” alum Zach Braff revealed that Kloots and her child are currently living in his guest house.
“Well, I am OK, but I’m very close to this because one of my best friends in the world, Nick Cordero, and his wife and baby have been living in my guest house for seven months as they were house-shopping in L.A. to make the move out here,” he said.
“So, they went home to pack up their things and he got COVID-19 when they did that, and he has it worse than anyone I’ve heard of who hasn’t passed away,” Braff continued. “He’s 41 and he’s unconscious at Cedars — he’s on a ventilator, he’s lost his leg due to complications, and every day we don’t know what will happen.”
He went on, “So, his wife and baby are living in my guest house and thank God they’ve been joined by her amazing brother and sister who are taking care of her and helping her with the baby. And we help them in any way we can, too. We obviously stay social distanced from them, but we bring them food and wine and flowers.”
Braff also directed fans to the GoFundMe to help support Cordero and Kloot through their difficult time.
The actor added, “My point is that most people are lucky enough to not have this land in their backyard and also I think a lot of people are still under the impression that this is only really dire for seniors, but I’m here to tell you that a very, very healthy 41-year-old friend of mine is fighting for his life.”
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