Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
Published 7:39 p.m. ET June 18, 2020 | Updated 6:18 p.m. ET June 19, 2020
“The Rock of Ages” star Nick Cordero spent more than a month in a medically induced coma over coronavirus complications.
But she was finally able to see him.
The fitness instructor hasn’t been able to visit Cordero in the hospital for 79 days due to coronavirus safety guidelines and visitor restrictions, but that changed Friday when the couple reunited at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Cordero regained consciousness in May and has since tested negative for COVID-19, but remains in the ICU in a precarious state.
Kloots shared an Instagram picture that showed her holding Cordero’s hand at his bedside. She captioned the moving picture with lyrics to Andy Grammer’s “Don’t Give Up On Me.”
I will fight
I will fight for you
I always do until my heart
Is black and blue
And I will stay
I will stay with you
We’ll make it to the other side
Like lovers do
I’ll reach my hands out in the dark
And wait for yours to interlock
I’ll wait for you
I’ll wait for you
On Wednesday, Kloots took to her Instagram Story to answer fan questions and provide a health update on her husband, who has been hospitalized in intensive care for nearly three months.
Kloots said that although Cordero is awake, he cannot move or talk. Instead, he communicates with his eyes.
“He can’t talk because of the ventilator and he can’t move because he’s so weak,” Kloots said. “But he’s awake and he’s in there. He can answer questions with yes or no with his eyes.”
Kloots explained that Cordero’s muscles have began to atrophy due to his lack of movement, resulting in significant weight loss.
“That’s what’s so heartbreaking… he’s so weak. He still can’t move and his muscles are definitely atrophying. He’s lost 65 pounds,” Kloots said. “What Nick has lost is muscle…and you can’t really get your muscles back until you can move.”
The “Rock of Ages” star was admitted to the hospital in late March for what was initially thought to be pneumonia, Kloots shared on Instagram. An initial coronavirus test came up negative, though a subsequent test was positive for COVID-19.
Over the course of 11 weeks, Cordero has faced several serious coronavirus complications, including a leg amputation, lung infection and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker.
“It’s hard when I’m talking to Nick (on Facetime) to understand exactly what he understands, but I have told him about his leg,” Kloots said. “I’ve told him about the amazing prosthetics available now.”
Despite some progress with nonverbal communication, Kloots said Cordero has a “long, long road ahead” to recovery, with no discharge day in sight.
“Unfortunately it could be months from now (until he’s released from the hospital), best case scenario,” Kloots said. “After Nick gets out of the hospital, because he is getting out of this hospital,” she insisted, “he would go to a rehab center and probably be at a rehab center for a year before even coming home. They say for every week in the ICU is a month in rehab.”
Kloots answered a number of questions about how she has stayed positive throughout Cordero’s battle. Each time, she credited her strong faith and prayers from supportive fans around the world.
“I wake up and think to myself I am so lucky that I get to wake up and do things. I just try to use every day to its fullest,” she said. “I’m exhausted. I’m trying to be a wife, a mom and run a business. I’m exhausted, but I’m doing OK.”
Cordero and Kloots share 1-year-old son Elvis, who recently started walking.
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