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Canadian Broadway star & actor Nick Cordero loses leg, fights for life in LA hospital

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The corona virus pandemic has been a beast and nightmare for millions of people, family members, health workers and more around the world.

For Hamilton-raised Broadway star Nick Cordero, his wife theatre stage dancer, personal fitness trainer Amanda Kloots and their 10-month-old son, Elvis, this deadly virus has been especially cruel for weeks now.

Cordero has been on life supported ventilation since early April. He has now had his right leg amputated on Saturday night after developing an infection in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Cordero has had many complications during his weeks long fight with the coronavirus.

Cordero was being  treated with blood thinners to help with clotting and blood circulation in his right leg. His doctors had to stop that part of his treatment because the blood thinner started causing internal bleeding.

“We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today,” Amanda Kloots’  Instagram post Saturday afternoon

Cordero has been a very active, healthy actor, performer, father and husband before he was struck down with Covid- 19. He was first admitted with what the doctors thought was pneumonia, he was tested twice for the virus and both were negative. As his condition worsened the doctors ordered a third test and it came back positive for Covid- 19. There is currently no known cure for this pandemic virus that has killed over 166,000 people world-wide.

Nick Cordero with the national tour of Rock of Ages. Photo Courtesy/Production Still/Cordero Family

Aside from being on life support, his doctors have also had him on dialysis treatments to support his kidneys, while also battling other complications for almost 3-weeks now.

Since his positive test, Kloots has not been allowed to visit her now fragile husband in hospital. Being isolated at home she has kept her family, friends and Nick’s fans up-to-date on social media through her Instagram account, www.instagram.com/amandakloots

  • “I know Nick is surrounded by angels right now.”
  • “I got a phone call from the hospital saying that Nick made it out of surgery alive and he is headed to his room to rest and recover! AMEN!”
  • “He is hearing us!!! He is hearing the support, the love and your voices every day. I just know it.”

    Nick Cordero in Rock of Ages.

  • “I really needed to move today, to scream, to head bang, to spin, to jump, to sing and dance! I was a nervous wreck the whole day as Nick was in surgery just waiting by the phone to hear he got through it. HE DID!”
  • “Thank you God for watching over him and for the incredible doctors and nurses @cedarssinai hospital!”
  • “Nick and I met while performing in the Broadway show, Bullets Over Broadway. Let me tell you something about the Broadway community: They are thick as thieves. They are relentless. They are believers!! You can’t stop an artist from creating or wanting to help.”
  • “We came out to LA so that Nick could perform in Rock Of Ages, a Broadway show that was making its Hollywood Blvd debut. His cast, including this man @frankiejgrande, have embraced us and Nick the whole way through. They are angels that have proven to me that “Don’t Stop Believing”
  • Posted Sunday April 19th; Part of our wedding dance ❤️ that our friends @swaywithmeny choreographed for us. I love dancing with you @nickcordero1 and we WILL dance again. Link to video of the wedding dance.

 First published on April 18th and updated on April 19th.

Alberta

Judge to decide if pastor accused of violating public-health orders will receive bail

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EDMONTON — A judge is to decide today whether to release an Alberta pastor from jail, after his lawyer argued he should be free to lead worshippers until his trial.

James Coates with GraceLife Church, west of Edmonton, has been in jail for over two weeks and is appealing his bail conditions.

Coates is charged with violating Alberta’s Public Health Act and with breaking a promise to abide by conditions of his bail release, which is a Criminal Code offence.

His lawyer, James Kitchen, told court Thursday that Coates can’t follow a bail condition that forbids him from holding services, because that would violate his conscience by disobeying God.

A prosecutor argued that the pastor’s release is a danger to the public.

The church has been holding services that officials say break public-health orders on attendance, masking and distancing.

The church has continued to hold services, even though Coates is in custody.

He is to stand trial in May.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

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Alberta announces next phase of COVID vaccinations, doses for about 437,000 residents

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s health minister says 437,000 people can soon begin booking appointments for the next round of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Tyler Shandro says those aged 65 to 74 and First Nations, Inuit and Metis people aged 50-plus can begin booking March 15.

The province has been able to accelerate vaccinations due to a third one being approved by Health Canada, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Shandro says the first 58,000 doses of AstraZeneca will available starting March 10.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has said while AstraZeneca is just as effective as the others, due to incomplete data it recommends it not be given to those over 64.

Shandro says for that reason, the AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered to adults 50 to 64 who don’t have a severe chronic illness.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021.

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