Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns shared an emotional video about his mom's health.
During the early hours of Wednesday morning, Towns revealed that his mom, diagnosed with coronavirus, is fighting for her life while in a medically-induced coma and connected to a ventilator. In a nearly six-minute video posted to his Instagram, the two-time All-Star detailed his experience so far with his mom as a way to raise awareness about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think it's important that everyone understands the severity of what's happening in the world right now with this coronavirus," he said. "And I think where my life is right now could help."
KAT expanded on his message in the caption. "WE CAN BEAT THIS, BUT THIS IS SERIOUS AND WE NEED TO TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION," he wrote. "Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home!"
You can watch the full video below.
Towns recalled that his parents started to feel under the weather last week, so he encouraged them to seek medical help. "There's no reason to wait," he reiterated. They both eventually had to go to the hospital as their symptoms worsened.
While his dad's condition slowly improved and he was released and told to quarantine, his mom was deteriorating as she struggled with a high fever and an intensifying cough.
Unfortunately, it sounds like Towns' parents were slow to receive their test results, but his family was almost positive that his mom was battling coronavirus. "Both of them had got tests. Both of them didn't get the results for a long time," he said. "We all assumed my mom had COVID-19 due to the symptoms she was exhibiting. She was deteriorating daily."
At one point, Towns' mom felt like she was improving, but things "went sideways" for some reason. She had to be connected to a ventilator and placed in a medically-induced coma. Towns held back tears as he thought about his most recent conversation with her. "It's been very difficult for me and my family to say the least," he later said. "She's the head of our household. She's the boss."
They're taking it day-by-day and remaining positive, and KAT's final message was one of vigilance: "Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing." 🙏