Sylvester Stallone records hopeful message for Nick Cordero, actor hospitalized by COVID-19

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We’ve all been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we must remember the real victims continuing to fight for their lives after contracting the disease.

The Broadway community has been shaken by the news that Tony-nominated musical star Nick Cordero, famous for his roles in Bullets Over Broadway and Waitress, was placed in a coma after fighting the coronavirus.

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The 41-year-old actor lost his leg due to complications, but the good news is that he recently woke up from the coma after about a month.

“Nick is awake! He is extremely weak, so weak that he can’t close his mouth,” his wife Amanda Kloots wrote on Instagram. “But he is following commands, which means mental status is coming back! This is a long road, a very long road. We are on our way to #CodeRocky.”

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Our last family photo before Nick got sick. What this man has gone through! Nick is 41 years old. He had no pre-existing health conditions. We do not know how he got COVID-19 but he did. He went to the ER on March 30th and intubated on a ventilator on April 1. Since then has he has suffered an infection that caused his heart to stop, he needed resuscitation, he had two mini strokes, went on ECMO, went on dialysis, needed surgery to removal an ECMO cannula that was restricting blood flow to his leg, a faciatomy to relieve pressure on the leg, an amputation of his right leg, an MRI to further investigate brain damage, several bronchial sweeps to clear out his lungs, a septis infection causing septic shock, a fungus in his lungs, holes in his lungs, a tracheostomy, blood clots, low blood count and platelet levels, and a temporary pacemaker to assist his heart. He has spent 38 days now in the ICU. This disease does not only effect old people. This is real. A perfectly healthy 41 year old man! Bring awareness to his story. STAY HOME! FOLLOW GUIDELINES! This journey with Nick has been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to go through. I ask God for a miracle and my Dad reminded me that God is answering my prayer everyday because he is still with us! Nick is a fighter and has not given up. His doctors and nurses have been truly incredible. Thank you @cedarssinai ❤ We will get our CODE ROCKY! #wakeupnick

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The term “Code Rocky” has been used by hospitals celebrating patients surviving COVID-19 and leaving the hospital. It’s named after the classic boxing film Rocky, and many hospitals play the movie’s theme song as the patients leave.

But while Cordero might still be a tough battle away from Code Rocky, he did get a special greeting from Rocky himself: Sylvester Stallone!

The legendary actor recorded an inspiring video message for Cordero. While the two actors have never met personally, Stallone says he has heard nothing but good things about Cordero’s career and wanted to wish him well… giving him an inspiring pep talk straight out of a Rocky movie:

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Nick will not believe this! Thank you @officialslystallone 💪🏻

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“[I] heard about your tragic situation, and that’s something that I can’t even fathom,” Stallone says. “But obviously, you have an incredibly lovely wife and beautiful child. And I know to have gotten this far as you have gotten, you got what it takes. You have that eye of the tiger, you have that talent, you have that will.”

“You have been dealt a horrible hand, a tough one, and it takes a strong strong man and a strong family to override that situation. To take it and throw it back into life’s face and say, ‘Guess what? It’s gonna take more than that. I’m the man.’ And you are the man, and you’re a role model for other people that have to overcome incredible odds.”

“Keep punching, you’re the man.”

It was a thoughtful gesture to give to a fellow actor—there’s not doubt Cordero will appreciate the message as he continues to recover.

“Nick will not believe this!” Kloots wrote on Instagram. “CODE ROCKY!”

We’re praying that Nick Cordero has a speedy recovery and is able to return to the stage soon. Thank you to Sylvester Stallone for the words of encouragement!

With everything going on the world, we all need some positive news sometimes. Share this heartwarming story!

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