AceShowbiz - A double lung transplant is the "ultimate goal" for hospitalised Broadway actor Nick Cordero following a brutal battle with the coronavirus, according to his wife.
The "Rock of Ages" star remains in the intensive care unit in a Los Angeles hospital, where he was first admitted in March (20) after exhibiting various COVID-19 symptoms, which quickly escalated into a health crisis, costing him his leg.
Cordero also had to be fitted with a temporary pacemaker, all while he was in a medically-induced coma, and although he is now awake, he is still "extremely weak" as he continues to struggle with complication after complication.
His wife, fitness instructor Amanda Kloots, has been by the actor's bedside throughout the ordeal, and is praying he will soon break "the vicious circle or the ICU dance."
"You just feel like you're in this momentum of going around, around, around like a hamster wheel," she told CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King. "And I just want to get us out of the hamster wheel."
Kloots reveals doctors are aiming to have Cordero eventually undergo a double lung transplant in order to boost his chances of a good recovery. "We think that that is most likely the possibility," she shared. "A 99 per cent chance that he would be needing that (transplant) in order to live the kind of life that I know my husband would want to live..."
"(But) that is a long road away and a lot of things would have to line up in order for Nick to be a candidate for that."
Despite the ongoing struggles, Kloots, who shares one-year-old son Elvis with Cordero, is refusing to give up hope even though doctors have repeatedly warned her the end is near. "They told me four times that he won't survive. Sometimes even he won't survive through the night, but he has," she said.
"He's fighting. I see it every day. Nick's doctor sees it. And as long as he's in there and fighting, I'll continue to fight with him."