Karl-Anthony Towns, one of the biggest and brightest young stars in the NBA, revealed heartbreaking news late Tuesday night.
Towns took to his social media channels with a video announcing doctors placed his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, into a medically induced coma due to coronavirus. The Minnesota Timberwolves star used his experience to call for people to take the virus seriously.
In an emotional post, Towns revealed his mother and father both had the virus. His father recovered and was able to leave the hospital and enter quarantine in his house.
Towns’ mother, however, battled a fever for several days before her condition deteriorated. Doctors put her on a ventilator to help with her breathing, but eventually placed her into a medically induced coma to help combat the virus.
The former Kentucky star recounted his experience in an emotional video he posted to Instagram.
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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.
It’s a heartbreaking reality that many people around the world have lost loved ones due to the virus.
Towns is doing his part to make sure the virus gets the attention its deserves as the world attempts stop the spread.
We hope the best for Towns’ mother, his family and the rest of those with family members battling the virus.