Late Tuesday night, former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns revealed doctors placed his mother into a medically induced coma.
In an emotional video, Towns revealed both his mother and father contracted the coronavirus. His father’s condition improved and he was able to leave the hospital and enter quarantine in his house.
Towns’ mother, Jacqueline Cruz, battled a fever for a series of days before doctors placed her on a ventilator. After her condition continued to deteriorate, doctors placed her into a medically induced coma.
After Towns announced the news, messages of encouragement came in from all over the country. Towns’ former head coach, John Calipari, took to Twitter with a message for the former Wildcats star.
“My heart goes out to Karl-Anthony Towns, his mother and big Karl,” Calipari said. “Jackie is one of the strongest women I have ever met. I’ve been praying for her every morning and she could use all of our prayers now to lift her out of this.”
My heart goes out to @KarlTowns, his mother and big Karl. Jackie is one of the strongest women I have ever met. I’ve been praying for her every morning and she could use all of our prayers now to lift her out of this. https://t.co/V18AqVKxBS
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 25, 2020
“It took a lot of courage for Karl-Anthony Towns, to talk about what they are going through,” Calipari continued. “I hope everyone listens closely to him and keeps everyone around them safe.”
Our thoughts are with the Towns family during this difficult time.