Broadway star Nick Cordero has suffered a major setback in his recovery after a months-long battle with coronavirus during which he had to have his leg amputated.
Cordero’s wife, fellow stage actor Amanda Kloots, updated fans on Wednesday via Instagram, holding back tears as she revealed that, after waking up from a medically induced coma, the 41-year-old actor’s health had taken a turn for the worse.
“OK guys, so here in the car to blast that song because I just needed some stereo sound strength. Nick has had a bad morning,” Kloots, 38, began. “Unfortunately, things are going a little downhill at the moment, so I am asking again for all the prayers, and mega prayers right now.
“Please cheer and please pray for Nick today, and I know that this virus is not going to get him down,” she said, weeping. “That’s not how his story ends. So please keep us in your thoughts and prayers today, thank you!”
Just hours before, Kloots shared that Cordero’s right lung was improving, though his left was “still causing issues”.
Cordero is best known for starring in the 2014 musical Bullets Over Broadway in the role of Cheech, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
He first fell ill in March and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles with what he believed was a severe case of pneumonia. After being diagnosed with coronavirus, he was placed on a ventilator. He has since lost his right leg, suffered two ministrokes and a septic infection, battled fungus in his lungs, and was given a temporary pacemaker for his heart.
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission