Hamilton’s Nick Cordero continues battle against COVID-19

News Jun 11, 2020 by Scott Radley Hamilton Spectator

Because he’s still in the intensive care ward battling the effects of a terrible bout with COVID-19, Nick Cordero couldn’t physically be with his son as little Elvis had his first birthday this week.

That doesn’t mean he wasn’t part of it.

“We got to do a birthday singing with dad,” his wife, Amanda Kloots said on her Instagram post.

This was them singing to him on FaceTime. The Hamilton actor is described as stable though he remains on a ventilator. He’s unable to sing right now. But it was a connection. And it was a celebration not only for the birthday but the fact that dad is still fighting.

A few days ago, Kloots explained that there have been a couple times she’s been told to say goodbye to her husband because it looked like he wasn’t going to make it. That’s perhaps not surprising considering what he’s been through. The Westdale Secondary grad has had the coronavirus, infections, fevers, mini strokes, his heart stopped so he had to be revived, he’s had a pacemaker installed, holes have been discovered in his lungs, and he’s lost a leg due to clots and circulation problems.

Yet, Kloots says she continues to have hope he’ll recover. Her faith allows her to believe in a miracle. And she says his odds get better every day.

She says Cordero should be getting a CT scan on his lungs this week at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles to further assess any progress or additional damage. Plus, he has undergone stem cell treatments and another round is looming.

“This could be really great,” she said on Instagram the other day. “Of course, there are no guarantees.”

His story has gained international attention since he landed in hospital on April 1. Partially because of his success as a Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor, partially because he was a perfectly healthy 41-year-old with no pre-existing conditions prior to becoming sick — which is believed to have stemmed from a trip to New York from his L.A. home to close an apartment there — making this seem so inexplicable, and partially because of the unfathomable roller-coaster he’s been on with triumphant moments of joy (coming out of his coma in mid May) and devastating bursts of sobering news (Kloots tearfully announcing on social media his health had gone downhill a week later).

Various Broadway casts have recorded versions of his song “Live Your Life” while many people dance to it every evening at 6 p.m. ET and post videos of themselves on social media. All in an attempt to stay upbeat and show their support for the man who caught the acting bug and got his early lessons in the craft here in Hamilton.

The perpetually optimistic Kloots has pointed out that last year at this time, Elvis spent time in the intensive care ward right after he was born because he had fluid in his lungs. This year, Nick is in ICU fighting for his health.

“Here’s to many, many birthdays to come,” she says. “Let’s hope next June, no one is in the hospital, that we’re all safe and sound.”

Scott Radley is a Hamilton-based sports columnist at The Spectator. Reach him via email: sradley@thespec.com

Hamilton’s Nick Cordero continues battle against COVID-19

The actor remains stable in the ICU, while this week his son had his first birthday.

News Jun 11, 2020 by Scott Radley Hamilton Spectator

Because he’s still in the intensive care ward battling the effects of a terrible bout with COVID-19, Nick Cordero couldn’t physically be with his son as little Elvis had his first birthday this week.

That doesn’t mean he wasn’t part of it.

“We got to do a birthday singing with dad,” his wife, Amanda Kloots said on her Instagram post.

This was them singing to him on FaceTime. The Hamilton actor is described as stable though he remains on a ventilator. He’s unable to sing right now. But it was a connection. And it was a celebration not only for the birthday but the fact that dad is still fighting.

A few days ago, Kloots explained that there have been a couple times she’s been told to say goodbye to her husband because it looked like he wasn’t going to make it. That’s perhaps not surprising considering what he’s been through. The Westdale Secondary grad has had the coronavirus, infections, fevers, mini strokes, his heart stopped so he had to be revived, he’s had a pacemaker installed, holes have been discovered in his lungs, and he’s lost a leg due to clots and circulation problems.

Yet, Kloots says she continues to have hope he’ll recover. Her faith allows her to believe in a miracle. And she says his odds get better every day.

She says Cordero should be getting a CT scan on his lungs this week at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles to further assess any progress or additional damage. Plus, he has undergone stem cell treatments and another round is looming.

“This could be really great,” she said on Instagram the other day. “Of course, there are no guarantees.”

His story has gained international attention since he landed in hospital on April 1. Partially because of his success as a Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor, partially because he was a perfectly healthy 41-year-old with no pre-existing conditions prior to becoming sick — which is believed to have stemmed from a trip to New York from his L.A. home to close an apartment there — making this seem so inexplicable, and partially because of the unfathomable roller-coaster he’s been on with triumphant moments of joy (coming out of his coma in mid May) and devastating bursts of sobering news (Kloots tearfully announcing on social media his health had gone downhill a week later).

Various Broadway casts have recorded versions of his song “Live Your Life” while many people dance to it every evening at 6 p.m. ET and post videos of themselves on social media. All in an attempt to stay upbeat and show their support for the man who caught the acting bug and got his early lessons in the craft here in Hamilton.

The perpetually optimistic Kloots has pointed out that last year at this time, Elvis spent time in the intensive care ward right after he was born because he had fluid in his lungs. This year, Nick is in ICU fighting for his health.

“Here’s to many, many birthdays to come,” she says. “Let’s hope next June, no one is in the hospital, that we’re all safe and sound.”

Scott Radley is a Hamilton-based sports columnist at The Spectator. Reach him via email: sradley@thespec.com

Hamilton’s Nick Cordero continues battle against COVID-19

The actor remains stable in the ICU, while this week his son had his first birthday.

News Jun 11, 2020 by Scott Radley Hamilton Spectator

Because he’s still in the intensive care ward battling the effects of a terrible bout with COVID-19, Nick Cordero couldn’t physically be with his son as little Elvis had his first birthday this week.

That doesn’t mean he wasn’t part of it.

“We got to do a birthday singing with dad,” his wife, Amanda Kloots said on her Instagram post.

This was them singing to him on FaceTime. The Hamilton actor is described as stable though he remains on a ventilator. He’s unable to sing right now. But it was a connection. And it was a celebration not only for the birthday but the fact that dad is still fighting.

A few days ago, Kloots explained that there have been a couple times she’s been told to say goodbye to her husband because it looked like he wasn’t going to make it. That’s perhaps not surprising considering what he’s been through. The Westdale Secondary grad has had the coronavirus, infections, fevers, mini strokes, his heart stopped so he had to be revived, he’s had a pacemaker installed, holes have been discovered in his lungs, and he’s lost a leg due to clots and circulation problems.

Yet, Kloots says she continues to have hope he’ll recover. Her faith allows her to believe in a miracle. And she says his odds get better every day.

She says Cordero should be getting a CT scan on his lungs this week at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles to further assess any progress or additional damage. Plus, he has undergone stem cell treatments and another round is looming.

“This could be really great,” she said on Instagram the other day. “Of course, there are no guarantees.”

His story has gained international attention since he landed in hospital on April 1. Partially because of his success as a Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor, partially because he was a perfectly healthy 41-year-old with no pre-existing conditions prior to becoming sick — which is believed to have stemmed from a trip to New York from his L.A. home to close an apartment there — making this seem so inexplicable, and partially because of the unfathomable roller-coaster he’s been on with triumphant moments of joy (coming out of his coma in mid May) and devastating bursts of sobering news (Kloots tearfully announcing on social media his health had gone downhill a week later).

Various Broadway casts have recorded versions of his song “Live Your Life” while many people dance to it every evening at 6 p.m. ET and post videos of themselves on social media. All in an attempt to stay upbeat and show their support for the man who caught the acting bug and got his early lessons in the craft here in Hamilton.

The perpetually optimistic Kloots has pointed out that last year at this time, Elvis spent time in the intensive care ward right after he was born because he had fluid in his lungs. This year, Nick is in ICU fighting for his health.

“Here’s to many, many birthdays to come,” she says. “Let’s hope next June, no one is in the hospital, that we’re all safe and sound.”

Scott Radley is a Hamilton-based sports columnist at The Spectator. Reach him via email: sradley@thespec.com