Karl-Anthony Towns, center for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and New Jersey native, made a somber announcement on Instagram regarding the COVID-19 virus. Towns revealed in an emotional video post that his mother was currently in a medically induced coma and fighting for her life on a ventilator.
Towns expressed, “”I think it’s important that everyone understands the severity of what’s happening in the world right now with the coronavirus, and I think where my life is right now could help, so I decided to do this video and give you an update of where I’m at.”
Towns went on to say, “I was told early last week my parents weren’t feeling well. My first reaction to her was to go seek medical attention immediately. There’s no reason to wait, just go to the nearest hospital. And after a couple days of not showing any signs of improvement, I was very adamant on the first day to go to a hospital and seek further evaluation. Specifically, my sister told her she needs to get checked for corona. I don’t think anyone really understood what it was, with deteriorating condition. She kept getting worse, she kept getting worse, and the hospital was doing everything they can.”
“She just wasn’t getting better,” Towns explained. “Her fever was never cutting from 103, maybe go down to 101.9 with the meds, and then immediately spike back up during the night. She was very uncomfortable. Her lungs were getting worse, her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating. She was deteriorating — and we always felt that the next medicine would help. This is the one that’s going to get it done. This mixture is going to get it done.”
Towns explained that both of his parents hadn’t been feeling well for the past week or so which led to them getting tested for COVID-19. While awaiting their results his father was released home for a self-quarantine but his mother remained hospitalized.
Town even offered up that while him mother exhibited the symptoms of the virus there was a moment where she started feeling better. He said, “She was feeling great. We talked, and she felt she turned the corner; I felt she was turning the corner. I knew there was more days to come, but I felt that we were heading in the right direction. They said that she went sideways and things had went sideways quick. And her lungs were extremely getting worse and she was having trouble breathing, and they were just explaining to me that she had to be put on a ventilator. And she was getting worse and she was confused by everything, and I’m trying to talk to her about everything and encourage and stay positive, just talk through everything with her.”
In the emotional video Town took several pauses and moments to collect himself as he felt it was important to share his family’s pain as a service to the public.
Through a few more pauses he was able to share a bit more saying, “I talked to her when she went there and told her I loved her,” he said. “Every day I always told her how much I love her. She was telling me things I didn’t want to hear so — I dismissed some things she was saying because it wasn’t something I want to hear. It came to a point where it’s difficult. It’s been very difficult for me and my family, to say the least. She’s the head of our household. She’s the boss.
“She’s been in a medically induced coma. Since that day, I haven’t talked to her, haven’t been able to obviously communicate with her. I’ve just been getting updates on her condition. It’s rough, and day by day we’re just seeing how it goes. We’re being positive; I’m being very positive. So I’m just keeping the strength up for everybody and my family.”
In a time when not much is known about the COVID-19 disease and so much misinformation is being spread it is commendable and brave of Towns to share his story.
“I hope my story helps,” Towns said finally. “I hope my story gives you the correct information. Send my love to all your families. I’m praying for every single one of you guys.”