Coronavirus News: Broadway star Nick Cordero wakes up after month in coma due to COVID-19, wife says

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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From May 13: Sandy Kenyon has more on Broadway star Nick Cordero who has woken up from a medically induced coma after more than a month.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Broadway star Nick Cordero has woken up from a medically induced coma after more than a month, his wife announced on Instagram.

Cordero's wife, celebrity fitness instructor Amanda Kloots, announced the good news Tuesday.

Kloots started a hashtag #WakeUpNick that became a movement across social media with fans dancing to Cordero's song "Live Your Life" to show support for the Broadway star.

"Guys, we might have to change our hashtag to #CodeRocky because Nick, Dadda, is awake!" Kloots shared on her Instagram story while holding the couple's son, Elvis.

She said he is officially awake but is still very weak.

Kloots said that even opening and closings his eyes takes all of his energy and he can't close his mouth yet. But he is following commands which she wrote means his mental status is coming back.

"For four weeks we've been waiting for him to wake up, every time I talk to the doctors, they always end it with we just need that mental status, we need to wake him up, we need him to wake up, and it's just been this heaviness that has kind of held over us for this time and to get the news today - the doctors said I think we can officially say he is awake and I mean that was just the best news you could hear," Kloots exclusively told "Good Morning America" later Tuesday night.

Cordero, 41, a Tony-nominated actor, initially went to the hospital March 31 with what they thought was pneumonia, according to Kloots. He later tested positive for COVID-19 and was put in a medically induced coma to help his breathing.

Kloots says blood thinners that were initially helping to ease some clotting in Cordero's leg began causing issues with his blood pressure and he had to have his leg amputated in April.

The illness virtually snuck up on Cordero, the former star of "Bullets Over Broadway," who first just experienced fatigue, Kloots told "Good Morning America."

"We were watching the news and we were trying to decide if this was the coronavirus," Kloots said. "It didn't seem like Nick had the symptoms. He just had this extreme fatigue. We just thought we'd ride it out. We'd see what happened and just isolate because all he wanted to do was sleep."

The couple has a son, 10-month-old Elvis Eduardo.



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