BROADWAY star Nick Cordero's coronavirus battle is far from over as his wife Amanda Kloots urges fans to hug their loved ones.
Despite giving a positive update on the star's battle on Friday saying he was "defying odds. He is fighting and showing small improvements each day,” Amanda revealed the extent of his struggle.
She revealed in a video message on her Instagram stories: "It's been a tough week, Nick's had some new lung infection earlier this week and since then he's been slowly recovering which is great.
"Day by day, hour by hour, he's getting better and slowly getting back to where he was before this infection came about and that's good."
Amanda who was looking after the couple's 11-month-old son Elvis, then told fans the doctors hoped Nick could soon come off some of his medication and that the settings on his ventilators and other machines could "come down".
She said: "Right now we're just looking for slow, steady, small wins to keep him resting and recovering."
Supporting her husband from afar during his 43 days in hospital had clearly taken a toll on the mom-of-one who said she was very proud of Nick, but was feeling very "exhausted."
Amanda gushed: "I'm proud of how strong he is and what he's gone through and his will."
"This has been the craziest ride ever, but we're still here and we're still fighting."
The fitness guru reflected on the experience and encouraged fans to "hug your loved ones".
She said getting emotional: "Go give them a really good love hug and let them know 'I love you'.
"Because these are times right now… don't take a day for granted."
The update comes after Amanda broke down in tears and revealed his recovery "is going a little downhill" last week.
The Tony Award-nominated actor for Bullets over Broadway has been in the ICU since late March, with his other half keeping fans updated on his progress.
That news came about a week after Amanda announced that Nick was finally conscious although he was continuing to fight off a lingering lung infection.
Nick had suffered complications from COVID-19 which forced doctors to amputate his right leg because of blood clots.
Amanda also revealed the doctors' upcoming "long-term big goals" for Nick include moving him off of dialysis and off of a ventilator.
He woke up from a month-long coma last Tuesday, but still has a number of serious hurdles to clear before getting a clean bill of health.
Amanda said on Instagram: "There’s a new hashtag in town and it is #OffTheVent because if we can make this happen, like we did with #WakeUpNick, that will mean that this infection in Nick’s lungs is gone, or not necessarily gone, but better, and that means we can get him off the ventilator.
She added: "We are still dealing with this lingering infection in Nick’s lung.
"This infection that is left over from when he went into septic shock the last time is still in his lungs and just kind of sitting there. They are doing everything they can to clean it out every day but it’s just not getting better.”
Amanda remained hopeful saying, “there’s no reason why we can’t get this infection to go away.”
She added: “Nick is fighting for his life every day in that ICU and I know he isn’t giving up. We’re not giving up. Nobody is giving up.
"This infection is gonna go away and he is gonna get off that ventilator. And that’s the only mindset that I have right now.”
Amanda's recently had a video call with Nick on Mother's Day.
The situation is very difficult for Amanda who is not allowed to be with her husband physically because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
She explained in a caption on her Stories: "[sic] A plead… I know this isn't possible but today is miracle day so why not ask. I just wish I could see him. Hold his hand. Touch his face. I do believe this would help him WAKE UP!"
Last weekend, the Tony nominee had to be resuscitated after undergoing emergency surgery in order to prevent a blood clot.
Of the decision to amputate his leg, Amanda shared: "He's a dancer. He's an actor. He's a performer.
"It was not an easy decision to make."
The couple's friends set up a GoFundMe page to help pay Nick's medical bills.
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