The coronavirus has struck the family of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.
In a nearly six-minute video posted on social media late Tuesday night, Towns revealed that his mom, Jacqueline Cruz, contracted the coronavirus and has been placed in a medically induced coma.
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An emotional Towns sat in front of the camera and recounted the events of the last week.
Towns said his parents weren’t feeling well last week, so he and his sister advised them to get tested for the coronavirus.
They went to the doctor, but his mom’s condition didn’t improve.
“She kept getting worse,” Towns said in the video. “She just wasn’t getting better.”
Towns mentioned that his mom’s fever would go down, but rise again during the night.
“She was deteriorating,” Towns said.
Eventually, Towns’ dad was released from the hospital and is currently quarantined at his house. But Towns’ mom remained in the hospital.
According to Towns, they thought his mom had turned the corner in recent days, but “she went sideways quick and her lungs were getting extremely worse.”
At that point, Towns’ mom was put on a ventalator.
“It’s rough,” Towns said.
Towns had a very pointed message for everyone watching his video.
“I’m keeping the strength up for everybody in my family,” Towns said. “So I made this video so people can understand the severity of this disease is real. This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don’t be in places with a lot of people. This disease is deadly.”
Prayers up to KAT and his mom.