Actor Nick Cordero Had His Leg Amputated Due To Coronavirus Complications
Canadian Broadway actor Nick Cordero is recovering after having had his right leg amputated due to complications from coronavirus.
Cordero had been admitted in a hospital in Los Angeles since March 31 where he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. He later tested positive for coronavirus and was put in a medically induced coma to help his breathing. The Tony-nominated actor had recently moved to California to star in the musical “Rock of Ages”.
Cordero had been 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.
“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,” said his wife, Amanda Kloots who had been giving updates about the actor’s health on her Instagram page on Saturday.
Kloots who is a fitness trainer encouraged friends and fans to show their support by participating in a daily singalong using the hashtag “#wakeupnick”. A crowdfunding account was set up by friends to help Kloots and Cordero cover medical bills and make their new home wheelchair-accessible.
Later in an Instagram story update on Saturday, Kloots said the surgery went well:
“He made it through the surgery which is really big, because obviously his body’s pretty weak. They’re taking him back to the room to recover and rest, so hopefully he’ll just kind of relax and rest.”
Nick Cordero has starred in a number of stage productions and appeared on TV and is best known for his 2014 portrayal of Cheech, a mob soldier with a flair for drama, in Broadway’s “Bullets over Broadway.” The role earned him a Tony Award nomination for best-featured actor in a musical.