NBAer Karl-Anthony Towns: My mom is in coma with coronavirus

Tanya Simon
March 25, 2020

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns revealed in an early-morning video on Wednesday that his mother is in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator while fighting the coronavirus.

Shortly after Towns posted his video on Instagram, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell offered words of support to the first overall pick of the 2015 draft. He urged fans and followers to take COVID-19 seriously. Towns said he wanted to make the video to let people know that "the severity of this disease is real". My first reaction to her was to go seek medical attention immediately. When there wasn't improvement, he advised his mom to go to the hospital. He reveals that last week both of his parents fell ill, and he urged them to go to the hospital and get tested for Coronavirus.

Karl-Anthony Towns made a startling revelation on social media Tuesday. "We talked, and she felt she turned the corner".

"I don't think anyone really understood what it was", he continued. "Life may keep throwing punches at me but I'm gonna keep getting back up and I ain't gonna quit at any time, and neither will my whole family and neither will my mother".

"It's just heightens your chance of getting this disease, and this disease is deadly".

"During the night she was very uncomfortable". Her lungs were getting worse, cough was getting worse. "She was deteriorating in front of our eyes". This is one that's going to get it done. "This mixture is going to get it done".

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"My hope is that we can fight this virus quicker and more efficiently by increasing the testing capabilities and availability and Mayo Clinic's overall COVID-19 response", Towns said in a March 15 Instagram post.

"I hope my story helps", Towns said.

Towns said he had last spoken to his mother just before she was placed into a medically induced coma. Towns said she has been in the hospital for a week.

"She was feeling great", Towns said.

"My mother, she's the strongest woman I know and I know she'll beat this", Towns said. The Timberwolves big man also expressed his belief that his mom can overcome the challenge because she is the strongest woman he knows. Towns said his mother's fever reached as high as 103 degrees and never went lower than 101.9 degrees with medications. Her lungs were getting worse. "Love you guys, and I'll talk to you later".

Towns said he was making the video to warn others of the dangers of the virus.

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