We’ve all heard stories of actors who’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 and survived. Take Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; they scared fans when they fell ill with the potentially deadly disease. Although the Hollywood couple was hospitalized for five days in a Queensland hospital, they subsequently returned to Los Angeles and were able to donate their blood and plasma to COVID-19 research. 

Sadly, not everyone who gets the disease is so fortunate. Broadway star Nick Cordero is one such case. The Canadian actor is currently hospitalized in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and his journey with the coronavirus has been nothing less than traumatic. Cordero was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the 2014 Broadway musical Bullets Over Broadway and he also starred in Rock of Ages and Waitress. He’s been in the intensive care unit since late March when he was “having a hard time breathing” and received a diagnosis of pneumonia. At first, the 41-year-old actor tested negative for COVID-19—twice. But a third test revealed positive results. He soon lost consciousness and was placed in a medically induced coma in early April. 

Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, has been sharing many gut-wrenching updates about her husband’s condition through her Instagram Stories. She reported he was in critical condition, hooked up to a ventilator, receiving treatments for dialysis, and being treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (via an ECMO machine) to support his heart and lungs. 

Cordero’s complications included a “new” lung infection which required emergency surgery and blood clots in his right leg which were stopping blood from being able to reach his toes. Sadly, when doctors attempted to treat the blood clots with blood-thinners, the medicine triggered a concerning drop in his blood pressure as well as internal bleeding in his intestines. In turn, doctors determined they needed to amputate his right leg on April 18.

On May 1, Kloots revealed her husband was suffering from serious lung damage: “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 are that damaged.” 

There have been moments of good news. For example, Cordero was able to be removed from his ventilator after receiving a tracheostomy tube; the tube allows the actor to continue to receive assisted breathing but at a lower vent setting. Kloots explained that the tracheostomy tube is “a lot more comfortable” for her husband. However, reports stated that even after he was taken off of sedation, Cordero still hasn’t regained consciousness, although doctors thought he would have by now. 

As Cordero continues to battle his many symptoms, at least he’s no longer testing positive for COVID-19. “Now we’re just dealing with recovery and getting his body back from all the repercussions of the virus,” Kloot told People. And she remains hopeful. “I feel like there is 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,” she says.

Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots met when they were both cast in Bullets Over Broadway. She’s both a performer and a fitness trainer. They have a 10-month-old son named Elvis Eduardo.

In support of Cordero, Kloots has been asking friends, family, and fans to sing and dance her husband’s original song “Live Your Life” on social media using the hashtag #WakeUpNick. In response, Nick’s Waitress castmates created a YouTube video of them singing his song. Indeed, many people are sending their support, good thoughts, and prayers during this critical time. And Kloot is keeping the faith. She says of her husband, “He’s on Nick time. And when he wakes up, we’ll all be here to celebrate it.” 

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