Actor Nick Cordero Faces “Long, Long Road Ahead” In COVID-19 Battle, Wife Amanda Kloots Reports
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Broadway actor Nick Cordero could spend months in the hospital and then up to a year in a rehab facility, his wife Amanda Kloots said in an Instagram story last night.
"We have a long, long way to go," said Kloots.
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Kloots answered a number of questions from her social media followers, saying that the most immediate concern with Cordero's long recovery from COVID-19 was getting his blood pressure under control. She said his blood pressure has stabilized, but has been fluctuating lately.
"The next goal is to get Nick's blood pressure under control," said Kloots, a fitness trainer and former Broadway dancer. "It could mean that he has an infection, so you have to find that infection. If they can then control Nick's blood pressure, it would be to put him on intermittent dialysis. "
Kloots said the 41-year-old Cordero was too weak to move, could not speak due to the ventilator, and had lost 65 pounds, mostly on muscles, since he admitted to a hospital at Los Angeles Cedars Sinai in March respiratory disease was later diagnosed as COVID-19. After being put into a medically induced coma, Cordero underwent a leg amputation and lung damage before waking up from the coma on May 12.
When asked when she expected the hospital to discharge her husband, Kloots said, "It could take months ... We have a long, long way to go." She said doctors estimate Cordero could take a year in a rehab facility after hospitalization. She said a lung transplant was not an option now - "He just wouldn't survive. He's just too weak."
Kloots said Cordero, who appeared on Broadway in Waitress and Bullets Over Broadway, is too weak to move and cannot speak, but communicates by moving his eyes up, yes and down, no: "He is awake and he's in there. "
She said he found out about the amputation, although she was unsure how much he fully understood, and was aware of the public awareness that his case had received through Kloots' social media updates.
"I tell him, Nick, the whole world is praying for you," said Kloots.
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