Karl-Anthony Towns shared heartbreaking news Tuesday night that his parents fell ill earlier this week and that his mother is in a medically induced coma and connected to a ventilator.
While Towns never said his mother had tested positive for COVID-19, the Minnesota Timberwolves confirmed Wednesday that she did test positive for the virus.
Towns shared that his father had been in the hospital but was released to self quarantine at home.
There is some positive news tonight. Malika Andrews of ESPN reports that Karl Sr., Towns’ father, is “recovering well.”
Towns’ mother is still hospitalized and we don’t have an update on her condition. Continue to send prayers and positive thoughts her way.
Towns had the following to say on social media Tuesday night.
“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 said during a nearly six-minute video posted to Instagram. “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 continued. “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.”
Donovan Mitchell, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, sent an encouraging message to Towns.
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 25, 2020