Zach Braff celebrates Nick Cordero waking up from coma, praises 'superhuman' wife Amanda Kloots

Zach Braff is celebrating his friend Nick Cordero's major health improvement.

Sharing a photo of Broadway star Cordero and wife Amanda Kloots' 11-month-old son Elvis, Braff cheered on his friend following Tuesday's news that Cordero woke up from his medically induced coma, urging others to "smile like Elvis."

"Nick is looking around and moving his eyes to answer questions. We have a long road ahead of us," the "Scrubs" alum wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday. "He is by no means out of the woods. But to anyone rooting and praying for Nick, please continue to do so. Please keep supporting his superhuman wife @amandakloots. The beginning has begun."

Cordero, 41, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in late March for what was initially thought to be pneumonia. An initial test came up negative, though a subsequent test was positive for COVID-19. 

Over the course of six weeks, Cordero faced several coronavirus complications, including a leg amputation, the insertion of a temporary pacemaker and more than a month spent in a medically induced coma.

Kloots, who has been keeping her Instagram followers up-to-date on her husband‘s progress, triumphantly announced his milestone Tuesday to repeated cries of "He's awake!"

“I asked the doctor today, ‘Can we say he is awake?' ” said Kloots, speaking on Instagram Stories about Cordero while holding Elvis. “And he is awake."

"It's just that Nick is so weak right now that even opening his eyes and closing his eyes takes all his energy," she added. "But he is awake. Yay! We did it."

Zach Braff and Nick Cordero

Braff has since been vocal about emphasizing Cordero was healthy with "no pre-existing conditions" before contracting the coronavirus, urging his followers to take the pandemic seriously.

"Nick Cordero was 100% healthy with no pre-existing conditions when COVID-19 attacked him," he wrote in an Instagram post last week, detailing his recent battle. "Please spread the word about Nick, as the world begins to open back up, I fear far too many people assume this could never happen to themselves or their loved ones. ‘I’m young and healthy, I’ll be fine,' one might think. It’s just not the case. COVID-19 didn’t care that Nick has a wife and a little baby named Elvis and just bought his first home. It can happen to anyone."

"love you zb," Kloots replied. 

Contributing: Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY.