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Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother has coronavirus, has been placed in medically-induced coma

Posted: 4:56 AM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 08:31:28-04
Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother has coronavirus, has been placed in medically-induced coma

An NBA star says his mother has contracted COVID-19 and is fighting for her life at the hospital.

Minnesota Timberwolves' center Karl-Anthony Towns delivered an emotional announcement Wednesday morning. In the message shared on his social media channels, Towns explained that early last week, his parents weren't feeling well and that he urged them to go to the hospital.

His father, Karl Sr., was eventually released from the hospital. But his mother, Jacqueline, has remained hospitalized and her health has deteriorated.

"Things went sideways quick, and her lungs were extremely getting worse," Towns said in the video. "She had to be put on a ventilator."

Towns later revealed in the video that his mother is currently in a medically-induced coma.

He went on to urge fans to take the virus and the pandemic seriously.

"This disease needs to not be taken lightly," Towns said. "Please protect your families, your loved ones, friends, yourself... practice social distancing. Please don't go be in places where there are a lot of people."

A little more than a week before he announced his mother's deteriorating health conditions, Towns had pledged to donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic.

"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 Mar. 15 Instagram post.

The NBA suspended its season earlier this month after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19 moments before his team was scheduled to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since the season suspension, several other NBA players, such as Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell, the Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant and the Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart, have also tested positive for the virus.

This story was originally published by KJ Hiramoto on WFTS in Tampa, Florida.