Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is in coma battling COVID-19
NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns revealed that his mother is in a medically induced coma after being diagnosed with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Minnesota Timberwolves center shared his mother’s plight in an emotional video on Instagram Wednesday.
Towns said his mother’s health was “deteriorating daily” and that she had to be “put on a ventilator” after having trouble breathing.
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Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines. Thank you to the medical staff who are helping my mom. You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time.
The 24-year-old Towns, one of the best big men in the NBA today, remains steadfast amid the trying times.
“We’re gonna keep fighting. My family, we’re gonna keep fighting this. We’re gonna beat it. We’re gonna win,” he said. “I hope my story helps. I hope my story gives you the correct information. Send my love to all your families. Praying for every single one of you.”
“Life may keep throwing punches at me but I’m gonna keep getting back up and I ain’t going to quit at any time and neither will my family and my mother. My mother is the strongest woman I know and I know she’ll beat this.”
Towns also reminded everyone to take the necessary precautions to help prevent further transmission of the virus.
“It’s rough and day by day I’m just seeing how it goes. I’m being positive, I’m being very positive so I’m just keeping my strength up for everybody, my family,” he said. “I made this video so that people would understand the severity of this disease. It’s real. This disease needs not be taken lightly.”
“Please protect your family, your loved ones, friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don’t be in places with a lot of people.”
Last week, Towns announced he’s donating $100,000 to Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic for COVID-19 testing.
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