NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns' mother has been placed in a medically induced coma while battling the coronavirus.
The Minnesota Timberwolves star detailed his mother's deterioration in a lengthy and emotional Instagram video early Wednesday, stating that he believes her health complications arose from COVID-19.
"I was told early last week my parents weren't feeling well," he said. "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."
Towns recalled how his mother "kept getting worse." She was running a high fever that never fell below 103 degrees and they kept hoping the medication would work.
Both his parents were tested for the coronavirus and while awaiting the results, his father went into self-quarantine. His mother meanwhile showed signs of improvement before her health took a turn for the worse.
"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," Towns said. "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."
That was when his mother was put into a medically induced coma.
"Since that day, I haven't talked to her, haven't been able to obviously communicate with her," Towns said. "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.
Towns explained that he had made the video to show people the severity of the virus.
"This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself," he said. "Practice social distancing. Please don't be in places with a lot of people; it just heightens your chances of getting this disease, and this disease ... it's deadly. It's deadly. And we're going to keep fighting on my side, me and my family, we're going to keep fighting this. We're going to beat it; we're going to win."
As of Tuesday, the United States coronavirus death was at 780 fatalities among almost 55,000 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
There are at least 26,348 confirmed cases in New York state alone, the epicenter of the global pandemic in the U.S. Globally, 422,614 confirmed cases and almost 19,000 deaths.
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