Fitness trainer Amanda Kloots is celebrating the first birthday of her son Elvis Wednesday as her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, remains in the ICU, recovering from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
"It breaks my heart that Nick can't be there," Kloots said in an Instagram story on the eve of Elvis's birthday. "I literally can't even talk about it because it makes me so sad."
"I'm trying to prepare myself for a) the emotional day of seeing Elvis turn one but then b) not having Nick there just knowing how much he'd want to be there," she said. "I think it's going to be hard."
Kloots said she plans to celebrate Elvis' birthday with a family party and by FaceTiming with Cordero, 41, who has been hospitalized in Los Angeles since March 30.
The fitness trainer also shared a photo on Instagram of Cordero looking at Elvis in the NICU, where the newborn stayed for two days after his birth because of fluid in his lungs.
"My two Cordero men: last June Elvis is in the NICU. This June Nick is in the ICU," Kloots wrote alongside the photo.
Cordero, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway hits including "Bullets Over Broadway" and "Rock of Ages," had his right leg amputated in April after blood thinners used to help with clotting caused other problems, according to Kloots. Cordero's lungs have also been "severely damaged" by the virus and during his time at Cedar-Sinai Hospital he has battled serious complications including lung infections and septic shock.
Cordero emerged from a medically induced coma in mid-May and has tested tested negative for COVID-19 but is still on a ventilator. He recently underwent a stem cell treatment to try to repair his lungs.
Kloots said Tuesday that Cordero recently had a "little blip" in his recovery when he "spiked a fever."
"They had to do a little bit of fixing of that and antibiotics," she said on Instagram. "Luckily, everything is back to normal today and that was just a little blip that can happen in ICU. I mean, anything can happen in ICU, but just a little blip but we're back to normal."
"Things are going, I think, good," Kloots added. "He's stable and they'll probably be looking at doing another, hopefully, CT scan of his lungs to see what kind of progress or if there's further damage in his lungs."
Kloots, Cordero and Elvis recently moved from New York City to Los Angeles so that Cordero could star in a West Coast production of "Rock Of Ages."
"I've been told a couple times that he won't make it. I've been told to say goodbye. I've been told it would take a miracle," Kloots wrote on Instagram earlier this month. "Well, I have faith."
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to show that Cordero was hospitalized on March 30, not March 31.