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"I didn't even give him a kiss or a hug," Amanda Kloots said of first dropping Nick Cordero off at the hospital

By Georgia Slater
April 30, 2020 09:20 AM
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As Broadway star Nick Cordero continues to fight complications related to the novel coronavirus, his wife Amanda Kloots is revealing new details about their harrowing experience since she first dropped him off at the hospital.

On Thursday, Kloots opened up to Gayle King on CBS This Morning for her first in-depth interview about the actor, during which she shared that she was not expecting Cordero to be admitted to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when he first started to show symptoms.

"We drove to the emergency room and we dropped him off, and this is one of the saddest parts, we thought I would see him in two hours," Kloots said, trying to smile through her explanation.

The fitness instructor recalled telling her husband, 41, that she was going to take their son, Elvis Eduardo, for a walk and instructed Cordero to give her a call when he was ready to be picked up.

"We just weren’t thinking," she continued. "I didn’t even give him a kiss or a hug because we were also kind of self-isolating from him because we have this 10-month-old baby and I couldn’t get sick, I’m still breastfeeding."

Kloots said that after an hour of waiting, Cordero called her and said, "'Amanda, they have admitted me, I'm now in a bed with oxygen."

Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots
Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots
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The actor told Kloots that the hospital "'did a COVID test on me and they told me in a couple of hours they'll have some idea of what will be happening.'"

"I was getting a little worried at this point," Kloots admitted to King, adding, "Nick has never been hospitalized. He has no pre-existing conditions."

"The only time I have ever been in a hospital was to give birth to my son so we’re kind of new to the hospital," she explained. "So anytime I hear you’re admitted, I get a little nervous."

Cordero — who starred in Rock of Ages and Waitress and was nominated for a Tony for his role in Bullets Over Broadway — has been in the intensive care unit since late March.

Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots
Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots
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He was first admitted to the hospital when he was “having a hard time breathing” after being diagnosed with pneumonia. At the time, Cordero had tested negative for COVID-19 twice before a third test came back positive.

Shortly after, Cordero became unconscious and was placed in a medically induced coma. He was then hooked up to a ventilator and an ECMO machine to “support his heart and his lungs,” according to Kloots.

Still sedated, Cordero was also put on dialysis to assist his kidneys, but doctors found an infection in his lung and he underwent emergency surgery.

While recovering, Cordero began having issues with blood clots in his right leg, which was preventing blood from circulating to his toes. After the blood thinners he was on to help with the clots started causing other problems, doctors made the difficult decision to amputate Cordero’s leg.

On Tuesday, Kloots shared in an update on her Instagram Story that the Broadway star "ended up getting an infection in his lungs" that spread to his blood, causing him to go into "a little bit of a septic shock" after developing a fever.

Kloots added that Cordero's condition has since stabilized and his "fever is under control."

The new development came almost a day after Kloots said that Cordero's doctors had to postpone plans to remove him off a ventilator and put in a breathing tube due to his fever.

In support of her husband, Kloots has been asking fans and loved ones to sing and dance on social media using the hashtag #WakeUpNick. A GoFundMe page was also recently created by their friends to raise funds for Cordero's medical bills as he continues to undergo treatment.

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