The family of Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero are asking fans to keep him in our prayers to wake up. He has been fighting for his life for the last two weeks.
Cordero has been nominated for several awards in the theater world, including a Tony nomination for his work in Bullets Over Broadway. He also starred as Dennis in Broadway's Rock Of Ages and played the role of Victor Lugo in the popular police drama, Blue Bloods.
To say that this is a tragic situation would be an understatement.
Cordero is in the fight for his life with his wife, Amanda Kloots and their son, Elvis by his side.
In April 2020, Cordero contracted COVID-19. His wife, Amanda Kloots, reported that he was in critical condition, on a ventilator, and being treated with dialysis and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is used in critically ill patients presenting acute cardiac and/or pulmonary dysfunctions, who are at high risk of developing acute kidney injury and fluid overload.
On April 18, 2020, his right leg was amputated as a result of complications from his illness.
“We got some difficult news yesterday. Basically we’ve had issues in his right leg with clotting and getting blood down to his toes and it just isn’t happening with surgery and everything. So they had him on blood thinners for the clotting,” Kloots said in her Instagram story Saturday.
“Unfortunately, the blood thinners were causing some other issues, blood pressure and some internal bleeding in his intestines. So we took him off the blood thinners. But that again was going to cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today.”
Cordero is being treated at the intensive care unit of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was admitted there on March 31 where he has been on a ventilator and unconscious after contracting COVID-19.
His wife is has been sending daily videos to him on Instagram, of her and their son dancing. This way he can see them when he wakes up.
Amanda Kloots is a former Broadway dancer and Radio City Rockette. She is asking that friends and fans of Nick participate daily “dance parties” while playing her husband’s song “ Live Your Life ” and using the hashtag #wakeupnick on social media.
Known to be one of the first to offer assistance to those in need friends of Amanda and Nick have begun a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the hospital bills which are already starting to come in. If you want to contribute, you can donate here .
At the time of publication, the campaign has already raised $359,207.
As of April 19, Nick made it out of surgery alive and was headed to his room to rest and recover!