Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY
Published 8:03 p.m. ET May 12, 2020 | Updated 10:53 p.m. ET May 12, 2020
Nick Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, said the Broadway actor had surgery to remove his right leg because of complications from coronavirus.
Broadway star Nick Cordero has emerged from his coma, wife Amanda Kloots triumphantly announced on Instagram Tuesday to repeated cries of “He’s awake!”
“The Rock of Ages” star has spent more than a month in a medically induced coma over coronavirus complications.
“I asked the doctor today, ‘Can we say he is awake?’” said Kloots, speaking on Instagram Stories about Cordero while holding their 1-year-old son Elvis “And he is awake.”
“It’s just that Nick is so weak right now that even opening his eyes and closing his eyes takes all his energy,” she added. “But he is awake. Yay! We did it.”
On Monday, the progress was clear, with Kloots posting a favorite picture from their Italian honeymoon.
“Nick is starting to follow commands and doing simple tracking!” she wrote in the caption. “He is very weak so even just opening his eyes is a struggle, but it is happening. He is starting to wake up!”
Despite the progress, Kloots said her husband is “by no means out of the woods yet.”
“There are still concerns with other things,” she said, including an infection in Cordero’s lungs. “But this news today on his mental status is a win!!”
Kloots explained that there is “a lot that is still in his lungs … due to the damage of his lungs from COVID.”
The star was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in late March for what was initially thought to be pneumonia, Kloots wrote on Instagram. An initial test came up negative, though a subsequent test was positive for COVID-19.
Over the course of six weeks, Cordero faced several coronavirus complications, including a leg amputation and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker.
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