After weeks of hoping Broadway star Nick Cordero would wake up from his coma amid his coronavirus hospitalization, fans finally got their wish on Tuesday. Cordero's wife, Amanda Kloots, took to Instagram to excitedly reveal the happy news, beaming from ear to ear and holding their 11-month-old son, who appeared equally as happy.
"Guys, we might have to change our hashtag. Nick, dada, is awake!" Kloots gushed in her Instagram Story, referring to the "#WakeUpNick" hashtag she and Cordero's fans have been using during the Blue Bloods actor's hospitalization. "Finally confirmed after two days of, 'Is he doing this?' You get so excited, the nurses are like, 'We think this is happening.' The doctor confirmed today that, 'Yep, I think Nick is awake.' And I was like, 'Oh my God.'" The fitness personality added that Cordero is following commands and just barely able to open his eyes, given that he is "really, really weak."
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"Everything is looking good, finally. It's so hard with this whole thing," she said. "You don't want to get yourself too excited because it's been such a road. What a miracle."
The change comes nearly two months after Cordero was first hospitalized in March for what was assumed to be a case of pneumonia. However, after testing positive for COVID-19 in April, he was moved to the ICU. Kloots, who has been using social media to regularly provide updates on her husband's condition, said at one point that he was "fighting for his life." He has suffered numerous setbacks, including two mini-strokes, his heart stopping, resuscitation, a leg amputation, several bronchial sweeps in his lungs and a sepsis infection causing septic shock. He also suffered from a fungus in his lungs, holes in his lungs, a tracheotomy, blood clots and a temporary pacemaker to assist his heart.
Through it all, Kloots has rallied fans with daily social media dance parties sending thoughts, prayers and all kinds of good vibes to Cordero, who she has been unable to visit. Continue scrolling to see how fans reacted to her joyful news on Tuesday.
Kloots and Cordero's friends were simply over the moon to learn of the positive development. "Ah!!!!!!! Yes yes yes!!!!!" wrote FEW Athletics founder Michele Maturo, alongside a sobbing emoji and two pink hearts. "SO FREAKING HAPPY FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUU," said fitness personality Bec Donlan.
"Awwww!!!! YESSSSSS!!!!!" gushed fitness personality Elianne Alexander. "This is incredible!!!!!" said New York Pilates founder Heather Andersen. "Best post in a month. From anyone anywhere. Sending [love]," one fan wrote.
The happiness continued from many of Kloots' 222,000 followers. "Tears of JOY! Yesss Nick!" one wrote. "THANK YOU, JESUS!!" another said. "YES YES YES YES X1000000000 only up from here," someone else commented.
"Best news ever," one user wrote. "So happy for you guys! New hope, one step closer to having him with you," another said. Someone else praised Kloots' constant positivity and appreciation of "small wins" throughout Cordero's battle. "One my favorite things you say is 'small wins' this is what it's all about. We have to value each second, moment and celebrate these beautiful glimmers of light. Sending you blessings and love," they wrote.
After the news surfaced elsewhere on social media, Twitter users also shared their excitement.
Best news today! #NickCordero— ZenWen (@wlft1) May 12, 2020
Thank goodness!— SoCal Suffragette (@SCalSuffragette) May 13, 2020
All glory to God Almighty!— oguguo chizoba (@tcheezzy) May 12, 2020
Been following his story since the beginning. Answered prayers. Keeping them coming though. 🙏🏻— Hilary ~ MollyVegas (@MollyVegas) May 12, 2020
This story has broken my heart from the beginning, but this is such good news!! Our prayers have been answered!— ♡ bazzi babe • ari ♡ (@bazzixbieber) May 12, 2020
Great news...lets keep praying for him❤️— 🤍 (@MusesModern) May 12, 2020
That is great news. Praying for his continued healing.— Tracey Wiseheart (@TWiseheart) May 12, 2020
God bless this this man he’s been through a horrible ordeal with this awful virus.— Mary Burrell (@MaryBur74362416) May 12, 2020
Wonderful news! This little family has been through so much! Let's all continue to pray!— 🌷Sher 🌺 🐾 ✌️ (@Sher2025) May 13, 2020
Your family’s story has made my heart swell. ❤️— Curtis Barber (@CURTISB58) May 13, 2020
Yay so happy for you guys.👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾😢❤️🙏🏾— ⭐️Meet My Sisters⭐️ (@jbellalatina) May 13, 2020
God bless him. I hope he is improving and my heart breaks for him as he learns the news of his amputation. When I see people in the news turning violent because they have to wear a mask, it makes me want to scream. Look what COVID-19 cost this man his leg. Prayers.— Judy Consiglio (@judyconsig) May 13, 2020
Wow reading this with tears so happy he is alive but went to hell and back... stay home be safe people stay 6 feet wear your mask which some do not!!! Glad he is ok..— Lee (@lovleegirl) May 13, 2020
How very humbling to know he’s come this far. His physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, surgeons-all have obviously worked so hard. Come on Nick-the entire country is lifting you up with support & care!— Nila Wilson (@GrammyNilaRN) May 12, 2020