Broadway actor Nick Cordero has woken up from a medically induced coma, his wife Amanda Kloots said in a video posted on her Instagram page on Tuesday (May 12).
The 41-year-old Bullets Over Broadway actor tested positive for Covid-19 in March and has spent over 40 days in intensive care, during which he suffered numerous health complications.
In the video, Kloots held up their smiling 11-month-old son Elvis and said: "Guys, we might have to change our hashtag... because Nick - Dada – is awake!" She was referring to the hashtag #WakeUpNick.
However, she added that Cordero has a lot of recovering ahead of him.
"It's just that Nick is so weak right now that even opening his eyes, closing his eyes takes all of his energy," she said. "But he is awake, Dada is awake."
In an Instagram post last Saturday (May 9), she had shared details of her husband's complications and the procedures he had to undergo - including two mini strokes, septic shock, a fasciotomy to relieve pressure on his leg, amputation of his right leg, a tracheostomy, and having a temporary pacemaker implanted for his heart.
She added that "this disease does not only affect old people" and Cordero was a "perfectly healthy 41-year-old man" prior to contracting the virus. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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Our last family photo before Nick got sick. What this man has gone through! Nick is 41 years old. He had no pre-existing health conditions. We do not know how he got COVID-19 but he did. He went to the ER on March 30th and intubated on a ventilator on April 1. 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. This disease does not only effect old people. This is real. A perfectly healthy 41 year old man! Bring awareness to his story. STAY HOME! FOLLOW GUIDELINES! This journey with Nick has been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to go through. I ask God for a miracle and my Dad reminded me that God is answering my prayer everyday because he is still with us! Nick is a fighter and has not given up. His doctors and nurses have been truly incredible. Thank you @cedarssinai We will get our CODE ROCKY! #wakeupnick