The Associated Press reported Sunday that Broadway actor Nick Cordero had to have his leg amputated due to complications from the coronavirus.
Cordero’s wife, fitness guru Amanda Kloots, said in an Instagram post Saturday that Cordero had “made it out of surgery alive” and would remain in the hospital “to rest and recover,” the AP said.
“Thank you God for watching over him and for the incredible doctors and nurses [at Cedars-Sinai] hospital [in Los Angeles],” she added, according to the AP. “I may sleep tonight.”
“It was life or leg”
A Tony Award nominee originally from Canada, Cordero was being “treated with blood thinners to help with clotting in his leg, but his doctors had to stop the treatment because it was causing internal bleeding,” the AP said Sunday.
The decision was reportedly made Saturday to amputate the actor’s right leg.
“It came down to a point where honestly it was life or leg, and we had to choose life,” Kloots told NBC’s Today show on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I choose life.”
She went on:
They put the ECMO machine in him to save his life… 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.
The AP reported that Cordero has been unconscious and kept on a ventilator since he was first hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms on March 31.
“We will dance again”
According to the theater website Playbill, Cordero met his wife when they both were cast in a 2014 production of Bullets Over Broadway. Cordero received a Tony nomination for his performance.
Playbill also reported that fellow actors Erin Silver, Aimee Song, and Jacey Duprie have publicized a GoFundMe to help support Cordero and his wife, as well as their 10-month-old son, Elvis. The fundraiser had raised more than $375,000 as of Monday afternoon.
In the meantime, Kloots is hanging on to hope that her husband will pull through. On Sunday, she shared a video clip of the two dancing at their wedding on Instagram, writing, “I love dancing with you [Nick Cordero] and we WILL dance again!”