Nick Cordero’s wife said the Broadway actor will have his right leg amputated because of complications from coronavirus.
Amanda Kloots shared the news to her Instagram Story on Saturday, telling followers she received some “difficult news yesterday.” She explained that blood thinners doctors were using to help with clotting in Cordero’s leg were causing issues with his blood pressure and internal bleeding in his intestines.
“We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today,” she said.
Kloots has been continuously keeping fans updated about her husband’s ongoing battle with coronavirus.
On Thursday, she said her husband was taken off his ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine.
She offered good and bad news for the Tony-nominated Broadway actor.
“The surgery went well. The doctor said for Nick’s heart and lungs right now they are in the best condition that they could be,” she said, adding that he is still on medication to pump his heart and a ventilator to breathe.
“The next hours coming up are very important because the heart and lung are running on their own now for the first time in couple of days,” she said.
The unfortunate news is that Cordero was still having issue with blood flow to his right leg, she shared.
“The doctor went in there, fixed as much as they possibly could to get blood flow down to his toes again. We don’t know what the damage will be. We don’t know if he will be able to walk again. We don’t know if he can walk again, what that will look like.”
On Wednesday, Kloots shared “small wins” in Cordero’s journey.
“Nick is getting stronger and the AMAZING doctors and nurses think they can take him off ECMO soon!” she captioned a workout video.
“Anything can change in an instant,” she acknowledged, “but we are staying positive! HE IS HEARING US GUYS!” She added “#wakeupnick.”
Canadian-born Cordero had been admitted to the hospital for what was initially thought to be pneumonia, Kloots wrote on Instagram on April 1. An initial coronavirus test came up negative.
She wrote at the time that Cordero had been placed in a medically induced coma to aid his breathing.
“I miss him terribly. I’m not allowed there to visit of course and can do nothing to help him. Nick is scared too, this has gone from bad to worse. He isn’t allowed to eat or drink, he is very weak and having a hard time breathing.”
He test positive for COVID-19 in a subsequent test.
Contributing: Erin Jensen, Amy Haneline and Curtis Tate, USA TODAY