Broadway star Nick Cordero had his right leg amputated as a result of coronavirus-related complications, his wife Amanda Kloots announced on her Instagram Story Saturday.
Cordero, 41, has spent 18 days in intensive care while sick with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “We got some difficult news yesterday,” Kloots began in her latest video update, before revealing that the blood thinners initially helping to ease some clotting in Cordero’s leg were causing issues with his blood pressure, as well as leading to internal bleeding in his intestines.
“We took him off the blood thinners, but that again was going to cause the clotting in the right leg,” Kloots shared. “So the right leg will be amputated today.”
Hours later, Kloots gave fans an update on her husband’s surgery. ”I got a phone call from the hospital saying that Nick made it out of surgery alive and he is headed to his room to rest and recover!” she posted on Instagram.
”I just got a call from the surgeon, he made it through the surgery which is really big because obviously, his body is pretty weak,” Kloots said on Instagram Story. ”Hopefully he will relax and rest, but good news.”
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We got Nicks song on the radio guys! Thank you to @stevievanzandt every night at 6pm EST on @siriusxm channel 21!!! Holy Moly!!! AND right after we finished singing tonight I got a phone call from the hospital saying that Nick made it out of surgery alive and he is headed to his room to rest and recover! AMEN! He is hearing us!!! He is hearing the support, the love and your voices everyday. I just know it. Thank you God for watching over him and for the incredible doctors and nurses @cedarssinai hospital! ❤️ I may sleep tonight.
On Thursday, Kloots gave an update indicating that she was unsure “if he’ll be able to walk again” due to the “blood flow issues” in his leg.
This latest health update comes days after doctors found a “new infection” in Cordero’s lung and he underwent emergency surgery.
“He lost consciousness, he lost his pulse and they had to resuscitate him. It was very scary. They had a very hard time getting him back,” Kloots said in an April 11 video posted to her Instagram Story.
After Cordero was put on dialysis to assist his kidneys, things were “really moving in the right direction,” until immediate surgery became necessary.
“We were waiting again and this afternoon we got a phone call that things were really moving in the right direction and that his life was being saved, which was huge,” Kloots said. “And we all kind of celebrated for a minute until we got a phone call shortly right after saying one of the cannulas for the ECMO was stopping blood flow to his right leg and they had to go into immediate surgery to save the blood flow to his leg.”
Kloots, who shares 10-month-old son Elvis Eduardo with Cordero, added at the time, “I’m told the fact that he made it through the surgery is a win. We are taking any and all wins right now.”
Cordero first entered the ICU on March 31 when he was “having a hard time breathing” after being diagnosed with pneumonia. He had tested negative for COVID-19 twice before a third test came back positive.
A GoFundMe page has been organized to support Kloots and raise funds for Cordero’s medical bills. “Amanda is always one of the first to offer assistance to those in need. She brings kindness to people every day through her fitness training videos and social media following, so we are asking you to contribute to help her now! She needs to pay for the hospital bills which are already starting to come in,” the page’s description stated.