Tony nominated actor Nick Cordero spent months fighting the virus.
During the latest episode of the “Fake Doctors, Real Friends” podcast, Braff spoke with co-host Donald Faison about Cordero’s departure.
“For clarity, he didn’t have COVID-19 anymore. But what COVID did to Nick is what it does to many people, it comes in and shakes devastation on your body,” Braff said. “Then leave it and you no longer have it, but you are left with what the doctors called” lungs that look like Swiss cheese. “They said it looked like he had been a heavy smoker his whole life.”
He continued, “And he was on every machine they could put on him. And towards the end, they were all full. He had days where he did OK and everyone would get excited for something to happen that was pretty good and then it would everyone goes back to zero … the machines kept him really alive. “
Cordero was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in late March for what was originally thought to be pneumonia. An initial coronavirus test was negative, but a subsequent test was positive for COVID-19.
For 13 weeks, Cordero faced a variety of serious complications, including leg amputation, lung infections and insertion of a temporary pacemaker.
Braff called Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots, who had shared Cordero’s health trip to her more thanks to 500,000 Instagram followers, “the ultimate wife.”
“I can’t imagine a husband who could have fought his husband any more,” he said before explaining the additional challenges presented by the virus. “Can you imagine how tragic it is? Your partner is in the hospital, you can’t even be there? You can’t be by their side, you can’t hug them, you can’t kiss them, you can’t cheer them. You have to do it over FaceTime that a generous nurse has arranged. “
Braff added that “one of the hardest things” is seeing young people’s attitudes to the virus, including those who brush it off as “like the flu.”
“For some it is true and for some there is what happened to Nick, where it just destroys your body,” Braff said, before listing some of Cordero’s complications.
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