Published 8:46 PM EDT May 11, 2020
Broadway star Nick Cordero is “starting to wake up” after spending more than a month in a medically induced coma over coronavirus complications, says wife Amanda Kloots.
Kloots took to Instagram Monday to share the “great news.”
“Nick is starting to follow commands and doing simple tracking!” she captioned a picture of Cordero from their Italian honeymoon, which she calls her favorite picture of him. “He is very weak so even just opening his eyes is a struggle, but it is happening. He is starting to wake up!”
Kloots called her husband’s latest development “a blessing” on her Instagram Story. She added, “I can’t even tell you. We did a big cheer because … we’ve been waiting for at least this little momentum.”
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Despite the progress, Kloots said her husband is “by no means out of the woods yet.”
“There are still concerns with other things,” she said, including an infection in Cordero’s lungs. “But this news today on his mental status is a win!!”
Kloots explained that there is “a lot that is still in his lungs … due to the damage of his lungs from COVID.”
“He still has a lot of infection in his lungs that they are clearing out every single day,” she said. “They are just getting in there every day and sweeping these lungs, cleaning the infection out so that he stays clear, which is great.”
Kloots said the next “big goals” for Cordero’s road to recovery include moving him off of dialysis and off of the ventilators helping with his tracheostomy tube.
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The “Rock of Ages” star was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in late March for what was initially thought to be pneumonia, Kloots wrote on Instagram. An initial coronavirus test came up negative, though a subsequent test was positive for COVID-19.
Over the course of six weeks, Cordero faced several coronavirus complications, including a leg amputation and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker.
“He went to the ER on March 30th and intubated on a ventilator on April 1,” Kloots explained on Instagram last week. “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.”
She called Cordero a “fighter” who “has not given up.”
Cordero and Kloots share 11-month-old son Elvis.
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