Nick Cordero’s doctors fear he’s ‘internally bleeding,’ wife hopeful he’ll ‘wake up’

Cydney Henderson
USA TODAY

Published 7:06 PM EDT Apr 30, 2020

Nick Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots is hopeful the Broadway star “will wake up” from a medically induced coma despite several setbacks in his recovery from the coronavirus. 

During a virtual appearance on “CBS This Morning” Thursday, Kloots said Cordero’s blood count dropped “really, really low,” suggesting there may be internal bleeding.

“Today was supposed to be putting in a trach (breathing tube) and a feeding tube,” Kloots told anchor Gayle King over video chat. “Unfortunately, this morning, his blood count was really, really low. Low blood count can mean that he’s internally bleeding from somewhere, so now we have to wait.”

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This is the latest complication Cordero has faced this week, according to Kloots, after the Tony nominee was making really great progress. In a matter of days, Cordero developed a fever and went into septic shock when an infection in his lungs spread to his blood.

“He started to get better, and we had plans to take him off the ventilator,” Kloots explained. “And then I get a phone call that he got an infection. His pulse, gone, and they had to resuscitate his heart… The call that morning was supposed to be, ‘We’re taking him off the ventilator today because he’s doing so well.'”

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The “Rock of Ages” star was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for what was initially thought to be pneumonia, Kloots wrote on Instagram on April 1. An initial coronavirus test came up negative, though a subsequent test was positive for COVID-19. 

Cordero, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on “Bullets Over Broadway,” remains in a medically induced coma following several coronavirus complications, including a leg amputation and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker.

Kloots says she remains optimistic her husband will get through this with overwhelming amount of support from their family, friends and participants of the #WakeUpNick social media movement. 

“I feel like there’s an army of people behind him — behind us — and I just believe,” Kloots said. “I get chills saying it. I just believe that he will wake up.”

She added, “Nick would love this. When he hears that everyone is playing his song every day and praying for him… he won’t believe it. I go to the hospital every day. I stand outside of Cedars, I play Nick’s songs and I cheer him on from outside Cedars every day.”

Cordero and Kloots share 10-month-old son Elvis. 

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