Broadway star Nick Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots indicated that when faced with the decision to amputate his leg or risk losing him, it was a no-brainer.
The 38-year-old fitness trainer appeared on the Today show on Monday morning to provide a progress report on her 41-year-old husband, whose leg was amputated on Saturday due to complications from coronavirus.
‘It came down to a point, honestly, where it was life or leg, and we choose life,’ she said. ‘I choose life.’
Obvious choice: Broadway star Nick Cordero’s wife indicated that when faced with the decision to amputate his leg or risk losing him, it was a no-brainer
Up-to-date: Amanda Kloots, a 38-year-old fitness trainer, appeared on the Today show on Monday morning to provide a progress report on her 41-year-old husband
‘It came down to a point, honestly, where it was life or leg, and we choose life,” she said. ‘I choose life’
Nick, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the 2014 in the musical Bullets Over Broadway, went to the ER on March 30 with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Two days later, he was put in a medically induced coma, in which he still remains.
But while several machines are keeping him alive, one — an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine — caused some complications.
‘They put the ECMO machine in him to save his life,’ Amanda explained. ‘It was literally to save his life, and it did, thank God. And sometimes the repercussion of putting that machine on can cause some blood issues, and it did with his leg.’
Because of the blood clots, doctors at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles had to amputate Nick’s leg on Saturday.
Accomplished: Nick, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the 2014 in the musical Bullets Over Broadway, went to the ER on March 30 with a COVID-19 diagnosis
On the stage: Nick has also appeared in Waitress and Rock of Ages (pictured with Frankie Grande in 2019)
But Amanda is determined that Nick will wake up and be walking and even dancing again.
‘I told him the other day, because I just talked to him, I said, “You’re lucky you’re married to a fitness instructor because I will get you walking,”‘ she said.
And on Sunday, she shared a video of the two sharing a dance at their wedding, writing: ‘Part of our wedding dance that our friends choreographed for us. I love dancing with you @nickcordero1 and we WILL dance again!’
Amanda has continued to update her followers throughout the ordeal, while also documenting life with the couple’s 10-month-old son, Elvis.
On Sunday shared a video update on her Instagram stories.
Kiddo: Amanda has continued to update her followers throughout the ordeal, while also documenting life with the couple’s 10-month-old son, Elvis
Friends in need: The couple’s friends Aimee Song, Jacey Duprie, and Erin Silver started a GoFundMe for them, and donations have flooded in
‘I just heard from the doctor, and he’s doing good, guys. For Nick, he is doing the best that he possibly can right now, which is a huge hallelujah.
‘Surgery went well. He’s recovering well after surgery. The wound looks OK, he didn’t lose a lot of blood. His blood pressure is OK, his heart is OK, even his internal bleeding has kind of calmed down.
‘So everything seems to be kind of, like, calmed down, which is so great, because this has been such a roller coaster,’ she said.
To keep spirits high and send positive energy Nick’s way, Amanda has also been encouraging fans to share videos of themselves dancing to one of Nick’s songs, aptly called Live Your Life.
Many have obliged, uploading clips with the hashtag #wakeupnick.
‘It is honestly how I’m getting through this,’ Amanda told Today. ‘People I don’t even know all over the world are joining me every day at 3 p.m. to sing his song so he can hear us.’
Happier times: Amanda shared a video of the pair dancing on their wedding day
Talent: ‘I love dancing with you @nickcordero and we WILL dance again!’ she wrote
The couple’s friends Aimee Song, Jacey Duprie, and Erin Silver also started a GoFundMe for them, and donations have flooded in, with a total of more than $363,000.
Amanda appeared on her Instagram Stories and fought back tears while thanking everyone for their generosity.
‘It’s just overwhelming. I really thank you so much. We have a new home that we’re renovating right now, so there’s gonna be some changes that need to be made and that is gonna really help us,’ she said.
‘And there’s medical bills and you know what, we’re gonna get Nick the best rehab that we possibly can now for his leg.’
She marveled that ‘right now, this is like a time where people don’t even have their jobs and you’re donating 10, 20 dollars, like I just like, that’s blowing me away.’
‘Go Nick!!’: Amanda seemed close to tears with relief when she announced on her Instagram Stories this Saturday that Nick survived the amputation
Amanda has been candid with her followers about the ordeal, and shared news of Nick’s amputation on Saturday, soon after she got the news herself.
‘So we are on day 18 of Nick being sedated in the ICU. It is April 18. We got some difficult news yesterday,’ she began.
‘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 and unfortunately the blood thinners were causing some other issues — blood pressure and some internal bleeding in his intestines,’ she said.
‘So we took him off the blood thinners but that again was gonna cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today.’
Source: dailymail US