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Broadway star Nick Cordero has a long way to go in his recovery.
Amanda Kloots Thursday offered the latest update on the condition of her husband, who has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit for 85 days from coronavirus complications.
In an Instagram post, fitness instructor Kloots said her husband "is profoundly weak. Imagine how you feel getting the flu and how it can take your body a full week to recover. Now imagine how Nicks body feels, all that he has gone through and how long it will take him to recover. This will take time, a long time."
She continued: "He interacts with his eyes, answering questions by looking up for yes and down for no. When he is alert he can also move his jaw," which is the only motion he can manage. She previously revealed that Cordero has lost 65 pounds from muscle atrophy.
In Thursday's update, Kloots explained that she has "been doing passive physical therapy on him to help in any way I can to get him stronger, to keep his joints moving and engage his muscles. He cannot move his body yet." She added that he has had some minor blood infections, but that they are under control and that "he is relatively stable."
She conceded the emotional challenges, but remains dedicated to fighting for his recovery.
"Is this defeating? Sometimes it is, I won’t lie. I wish I would walk into his room and he was able to give me a big smile and hold my hand. But instead of feeling defeated, I turn to feeling determined! I give him any and all energy I can," she says. "I tell him goals that the doctors would like to see. I insist that he CAN do this!"
She acknowledges some "may look at me like I’m crazy. They may think that I don’t fully understand his condition because I’m smiling and singing in his room everyday. I’m just not going to mope around and feel sad for myself or him. That is not what Nick would want me to do. That is not my personality," she said. "I fight and I will continue to fight for Nick every single day. With God on our side anything can happen!"
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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 nearly 12 weeks, Cordero has faced several serious complications, including a lung infection, the insertion of a temporary pacemaker and having his leg amputated.
Cordero and Kloots share 1-year-old son Elvis, who recently started walking.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Nick Cordero: Wife Amanda Kloots says recovery will take 'a long time'