Amanda Kloots marks a full year since she had taken her husband, Broadway performer Nick Cordero, to the hospital after he became ill with symptoms that would later be diagnosed as coronavirus.
Cordero died at the age of 41 in July last year from complications due to COVID-19 after a hospital stay that extends over more than 90 days. He suffered from several illnesses after hospitalization that included mini-strokes, amputation of one of the legs, lung infections and more.
“It was the last day I saw Nick as Nick,” Kloots wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday, remembering the day Cordero was placed in a fan.
The now single mother explained the ordeal and wrote that she drove the performing artist to the emergency room at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California on March 30, 2020.
Kloots said that given the strict coronavirus restrictions at the hospital, “she did not know which entrance was even open, so I left him on the corner.”
“We did not hug. We did not kiss goodbye. We could not. It was clear that he was ill with something, and we could not take any risks,” Kloots recalled. “I do not even know if he said goodbye to Elvis, or if we said, ‘I love you. “I told him I would stay nearby and call me when he’s done.”
The widow claimed that she and their toddler son, Elvis Eduardo, went to a nearby mall – The Grove – and thought that Cordero would only be in the hospital for “a few hours.”
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Kloots took a selfie video that day, and chose to share it in one year’s memory of her deceased husband.
“We’re sitting by the beautiful Grove waiting to hear something from Nick,” Kloots said in the video. “And they play ‘Volare’. It’s a sign, a sign everything’s going to be OK.”
In her emotional scripture on Tuesday, Kloots wrote “My heart is breaking today,” adding that she wished she could “go back in time, run to him as he walked away, take him, kiss him and hold him in my arms. “
“On April 1, he went on the fan, and I never spoke to him again,” she lamented.
After Cordero’s death, “Scrubs” album Zach Braff also lamented his friend’s death in an episode of his podcast “Fake Doctors, Fake Friends”, explaining that Cordero’s body simply did not recover after he no longer returned positive coronavirus tests .
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“He just got worse, got worse, got worse, to the point where they put him on the fan, and then he never came back,” the actor and director remembered. “He kind of woke up a little bit, and there were some exciting moments where they said, ‘Nick if you can hear us look up,’ and he would do it, but he would not do it all the time. It was just occasionally.”
Braff also promised to make sure that Kloots and Eduardo were taken care of to move on.
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“We will all do our part to give this child an extraordinary life,” he said. “I promise I’ll do it for the rest of my life and I will make him proud.”
Cordero and Kloots tied the knot in September 2017.
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In her post on Tuesday, Kloots also shared the grief with everyone who had to endure the pain of losing a loved one in the way she did her husband.
“For all who like me, who bred the person in the hospital to never” see “them again, I think and pray for you today,” she wrote. “This day is just difficult, there is no other way to say it.”