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A Broadway actor may never be able to walk again following his battle with the novel coronavirus.
On Thursday, Nick Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots provided fans with an update on her husband’s condition after the “Waitress” and “Blue Bloods” actor was hospitalized due to COVID-19. According to Kloots, the 41-year-old remains unconscious and in intensive care, however he underwent surgery to restore blood flow to his toes. Kloots said doctors are unsure what the long term impact to his body may be.
“We don't know what the damage will be. We don't know if he will be able to walk again. We don't know if he can walk again, what that will look like,” Kloots told followers.
Cordero was initially hospitalized earlier this month after initially being misdiagnosed with pneumonia. The actor tested positive for the novel coronavirus and remained in intensive care after developing a lung infection and fever that caused a dangerous drop in his blood pressure. Doctors placed him on Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), an aggressive form of life support, to help alleviate the strain on his lungs.
In her most recent update, Kloots said Cordero had show enough progress to be removed from the ECMO machine, but remains unconscious.
“The doctor said for Nick’s heart and lungs right now they’re in the best condition that they could be,” she said. “The fact that he’s off (the ECMO machine) is great.”
Cordero’s Broadway friends have been sharing videos online with the hashtag #WakeUpNick to help Kloots remain positive while she takes care of their 10-month-old son, Elvis.
“I’m exhausted and so tired. And we are doing our best over here to hold down the fort," she said. "We got good news today ... and I want to celebrate, so I’m going to go dance.”